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Freed amid scandal, they soon found trouble again

Thousands of drug case convictions were abruptly open to challenge after state chemist Annie Dookhan was accused of misconduct. Many released have committed new crimes, but not the tidal wave feared.

Annie Dookhan seemed like the answer to Carlton Haynes’s prayers.

The convicted cocaine dealer, 43, had been filing motion after handwritten motion in a vain attempt to get out of the maximum security prison in Walpole. But his luck changed late last August when news broke that Dookhan, a former state chemist, had allegedly mishandled evidence in thousands of drug cases, including his.

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