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Impact of state drug lab scandal detailed

Inmates affected could number more than 1,100

More than 1,100 inmates in Massachusetts prisons and county jails were convicted based on potentially tainted evidence from the state drug lab, officials disclosed Monday, providing the most troubling estimate yet of the damage from the growing scandal.

David E. Meier, a former veteran prosecutor appointed by the Patrick administration to lead the review of potentially thousands of mishandled cases, said staffers worked over the weekend to identify 690 people now in state prison and 450 in county jails or houses of correction because of evidence that was analyzed by a former state chemist identified as Annie Dookhan, when she served as the primary or secondary chemist in all of those people’s cases.

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