October 11, 2018 / 9:30 PM / 2 months ago

Massachusetts top court tosses thousands of tainted criminal drug cases

Massachusetts’ top court on Thursday ordered the dismissal of thousands of drug cases because of “egregious government misconduct” related to a former chemist at a state lab who for years stole drug evidence and worked under the influence.

Prosecutors had already agreed to dismiss approximately 8,000 cases tied directly to the work of Sonja Farak, a chemist at the Massachusetts State Crime Laboratory in Amherst who pleaded guilty in 2014.

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