Mayor Thomas M. Menino today asked the Patrick administration for $15 million to handle a potential influx to the city of hundreds of convicted drug dealers whose convictions may be undone by alleged evidence tampering at a state drug testing laboratory. Menino wrote that the city believes that the state has a duty to help cover the costs that are expected to grow out of the scandal centering on former state chemist Annie Dookhan, whom officials fear may have tainted 60,000 drug samples involving 34,000 cases.
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