The drug lab crisis has once again captured the area’s attention, now that we may know more than ever about the central figure. Here’s what happened this week:
- Former Hinton Drug Lab chemist Annie Dookhan was formally indicted on 27 charges Monday 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.
- Dookhan appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Thursday where she pleaded not guilty to 15 of the charges. Her state-mandated curfew was extended from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. She faces charges in other counties as well.
- The Boston Globe pored over nine years worth of emails which show that Dookhan had a motive to lock up criminals. The story exposes personal relationships Dookhan had with those prosecuting drug cases in Massachusetts. Here’s a quote from the Globe story: “The e-mails show Dookhan was prone to fabrications, repeatedly making up grandiose job titles for herself, such as “special agent of operations” for the FBI and other federal agencies.”