Sunday, December 23, 2012
Annie Dookhan was in court and one media outlet may have uncovered a motive behind her malfeasance at Hinton.
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: For more information on the state drug lab crisis, check out our topic page.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The mistakes of the former Hinton Drug Lab chemist at the center of a statewide scandal are the subject for a Popular Science online magazine article.
Annie Dookhan’s alleged mistakes as a chemist have received much attention since she was indicted on charges related to the Hinton Drug Lab scandal this past summer. But a science magazine attempts to unpack what she did – and did wrong – from a purely scientific point of view. A Monday article titled, “FYI: What Do Forensic Chemists Do, And Why Would They Cheat?” on PopSci.com, the website affiliate of Popular Science Magazine, shines a light on the job of a forensic chemist. The article claims that while on TV, the state chemist’s job looks easy, even glamorous, but behind the microscope in real life, that chemist’s test means everything in court. “…In a court of law, some drug convictions result in harsher sentences than others,” the …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Luis Quiles, who nearly pleaded guilty to drug charges Sept. 6, was arrested by MBTA police this week.
A man who was set to plead guilty to drug distribution charges but held off earlier this week due to the Jamaica Plain drug lab scandal was once again arrested. Luis Quiles, 41, faced a charge of receiving stolen property in Boston Municipal Court Monday, according to Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. MBTA police arrested Quiles with another man at the Chinatown Station Monday morning. He later admitted to stealing 13 wristwatches from Macy’s, according to Boston.com. Quiles was going to plead guilty to drug distribution charges Sept. 6 but prosecutors asked for a continuance because Annie Dookhan, the state chemist who allegedly mishandled evidence in an undetermined number of drug cases at the …