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Convict freed in Mass. crime lab scandal

Thousands of drug convictions may be at issue

In what may signal a wave of such actions, a judge ordered the release from prison Wednesday of a convicted drug dealer 2½ years early because evidence in his case was handled at a troubled state crime laboratory.

Superior Court Judge Paul Troy vacated the conviction of David Danielli after learning that 500 suspected oxycodone pills Danielli allegedly possessed were tested by Annie Dookhan, a chemist at the state lab in Jamaica Plain. Dookhan’s alleged mishandling of drug ­evidence may have jeopardized thousands of cases, officials said.

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