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Roxbury mother freed amid state drug lab scandal

Standing in the administrative offices of the South Middlesex Correctional Center in Framingham, Mylazia Johnson was handed a letter from her attorney. At first, she didn’t quite understand the import of the news it contained: She had a court date Sept. 28. And she could be released.

“I read it again, and I was thinking it can’t be true,” said Johnson, of Roxbury, who was halfway through her 3½-year drug sentence. The attorney explained during a telephone call: Annie Dookhan, the former state chemist at the epicenter of a spiraling drug lab scandal, had been involved in testing the drugs in Johnson’s case.

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