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Former drug lab chemist arrested, actions detailed

The former state chemist whose alleged wrongdoing has undermined the integrity of thousands of drug convictions across Eastern Massachusetts was arrested and brought ­before a judge Friday to face charges that she falsified ­reports and lied about her professional credentials.

Annie Dookhan, a 34-year-old mother of a young son, was escorted by State Police from her Franklin home in handcuffs just before noon Friday, just one day after Governor Deval Patrick predicted criminal charges in a scandal that has already led to the release of or reduced bail for at least 20 drug defendants.

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