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‘Bad Chemistry’: WBUR Analysis Of Drug Lab Crisis

Former state lab chemist Annie Dookhan pleaded not guilty on January 9 when she was charged with three counts of obstruction of justice.(AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Suzanne Kreiter, Pool)

Former state lab chemist Annie Dookhan pleaded not guilty on January 9 when she was charged with three counts of obstruction of justice.(AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Suzanne Kreiter, Pool)

Hundreds of people convicted of drug offenses using evidence handled by disgraced former chemist Annie Dookhan have been released from prison, and now one of those men has been accused of murder. It’s just the latest fallout from the scandal at the now-shuttered state drug lab in Jamaica Plain.

Annie Dookhan allegedly falsified drug tests and tampered with drug evidence, compromising the integrity of tens of thousands of criminal cases.

State authorities are sifting through massive amounts of data related to drug tests at the JP lab — more than two million pieces of information.

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Deborah Becker, reporter and host for WBUR

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WBUR’s Bad Chemistry, “In August 2012, Massachusetts officials closed a state drug laboratory in Boston because a then-obscure chemist allegedly “failed to follow testing protocols.” That chemist, Annie Dookhan, has been charged with deliberately manipulating drug tests, compromising thousands of criminal cases.”


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