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E-mails portray state drug lab in chaos

Employees write of frustrations, heavy workloads

Internal e-mails from chemists and supervisors at a troubled state drug laboratory ­describe a staff drowning in work, instances of misplaced evidence in crime cases, and mounting frustrations over the Patrick administration’s seeming indifference.

“The situation in the evidence office is past the breaking point,” reads a Sept. 11, 2008, ­e-mail to Julianne Nassif, director of analytical chemistry at the Jamaica Plain lab, from an employee whose name was blacked out by the source of the documents. The documents were obtained Friday by the Globe from a source with direct knowledge of the lab’s operations.

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