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Integrity at labs is called for

Stunned by the scope of the drug lab scandal, state legislators sought assurances Wednesday from State Police that safeguards are in place at crime laboratories to prevent the type of alleged “rogue activity” by chemist Annie Dookhan that led to the shutdown of the Depart­ment of Health lab in ­Jamaica Plain.

Major James Connolly, the commanding officer of the State Police crime lab, told the legislators that while it would be difficult to prevent such ­activity outright, “We’re confident . . . it would not go on for long.”

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