Annie Dookhan, a former Boston state drug lab worker is accused of perverting the course of justice by faking drug tests.
Authorities in Massachusetts believe that 40,000 defendants could have been affected. In January 2013, Dookhan pleaded not guilty after she was arrested and her home raided by dozens of police. The state drug lab where she worked has now closed. The tests carried out at the lab were used to convict countless criminals in hundreds of trials.
The Huffington Post reports that Dookhan treasured her reputation as the most productive chemist in the lab and became the go-to person for prosecutors in drug cases.
It has been reported that over 330 prisoners have had to be released back onto the streets of Massachusetts , including dangerous felons, and over 1,000 cases have been dismissed following the scandal in which evidence from the drug lab has had to be dismissed.
Dookhan, 35 is accused of tampering with evidence, faking the results of drug tests in criminal cases, completely ignoring evidence and procedures. In some cases she is accused of making up drug test results rather than testing the samples at all.
Plymouth District Attorney Tim Cruz stated “These individuals deal drugs; they protect their turf with weapons. Once they were released, they went right back to what they know best – dealing drugs – and as a result, we’re seeing our violence going up in the city of Brockton”.