A grand jury indicted state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan Monday on 27 counts of obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, perjury, and other charges in connection with the biggest law enforcement scandal in recent Massachusetts history.
The indictments announced by Attorney General Martha Coakley greatly expand the charges against Dookhan, 35, since she was originally arrested in September on three counts, one of them a misdemeanor charge of lying on her resume. All 24 new charges are felonies that could carry long prison terms if she is convicted.
“We allege that Annie Dookhan tampered with drug evidence and fabricated test results on multiple occasions,” Coakley said in a statement. “Her alleged actions have sent ripple effects throughout the criminal justice system. We are committed to working with all stakeholders to fix this situation and restore trust in the criminal justice system.”
Governor Deval Patrick, who shut down the lab in August and transferred the responsibility for drug testing to the State Police, said Dookhan is “facing very serious charges for good reason.”
“She is at the center of the drug lab’s failures and bears the primary responsibility for what went wrong there,” he said. “Our focus now is on making this right.”
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