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State says chemist at drug lab imperiled evidence

A chemist at a state drug-testing laboratory is accused of circumventing standard procedures in the handling of drug evidence, lapses that could jeopardize thousands of drug prosecutions and convictions in Massachusetts over the past several years, the head of the State Police said Thursday.

State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben said the Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain, which had conducted about half of the state’s drug testing, was shut down Thursday as investigators probe the extent of the “malfeasance.”

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