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Dookhan Indicted on 27 Charges

The chemist at the center of the state drug lab investigation allegedly mishandled evidence in thousands of Massachusetts drug cases.

Annie Dookhan, the chemist who stands accused of mishandling evidence in thousands of state drug cases, has been indicted on new charges.

Dookhan was indicted by statewide grand jury on 27 charges today including 17 counts of obstruction of justice, eight counts of tampering with evidence, perjury and falsely pretending to hold a degree from a college or university, according to a press statement from Attorney General Martha Coakley's office.

“We allege that Annie Dookhan tampered with drug evidence and fabricated test results on multiple occasions,” Coakley said in the statement. “Her alleged actions have sent ripple effects throughout the criminal justice system. We are committed to working with all stakeholders to fix this situation and restore trust in the criminal justice system.”

Dookhan, 34, will be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court Dec. 20, the statement says.

Authorities allege that Dookhan obstructed justice by falsely certifying drug analyses, or causing others to do so, when she knew the results were compromised as a result of her “dry labbing” and tampering with evidence vials, according to the statement.

Several of those convicted on drug charges have been freed as direct result of Dookhan's mishandling of evidence in their cases.

The Hinton Drug Lab, located in Jamaica Plain, was not accredited and had a poor history of oversight. It has since been shut down.

For more information on the state drug lab crisis, check out our topic page.

Matt Helm May 10, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Why are we so surprised? Ms. Dookhan is just another state employee completely unqualified for the position, hired by another state employee that didn't do his/her job in verifying her credentials before giving her the job, because that state employee isn't qualified to do their job either....And talking about unqualified state employees, what has the Honorable Governor got to say about all this? "She duped the citizens of the Commonwealth"..No Mr. Patrick; she duped you and your staff of state sponsored clowns . Ms. Dookhan would have never even gotten through the door in a private sector firm. Any more state officials get indicted, and we'll need to build a special prison for them..Wait, I have an idea; release all the illegal aliens from prison (you know the ones who are only here to take the jobs Americans don't want), and make room for all of the criminal state workers...at least until it's time for them to collect their pensions......

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