With state courts still reeling from trouble at the now-shuttered drug lab in Jamaica Plain, a second chemist — this one at the crime lab in Amherst — is being charged with tampering with drug evidence, authorities said Sunday.
Sonja Farak, 35, of Northampton, allegedly tested two samples, believed to be heroin and cocaine, on Jan. 2 and Jan. 8 and then replaced the drugs with counterfeit substances, Attorney General Martha Coakley told reporters at an afternoon news conference.
The allegations in the case against Farak are vastly different than those against Annie Dookhan, formerly a chemist at the Jamaica Plain lab, Attorney General Martha Coakley told reporters. She said officials are still trying to determine when Farak’s alleged theft of drugs, apparently for personal use, began.
Authorities have found no evidence that suspects’ due process rights were violated in any Amherst cases. “These drugs . . . were tested fairly,” Coakley said. For now, she said, Farak is charged only in these two cases.
By contrast, Dookhan’s alleged misdeeds have already resulted in the release from custody of scores of convicted drug dealers and defendants awaiting trial and could taint thousands of prosecutions.
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