6,000 Convictions Will Likely Be Thrown Away Because Chemist ‘Smoked Crack Every Day’
More than 6,000 convictions will be thrown out because a chemist working in a state drug lab for eight years “smoked crack every day,” Massachusetts prosecutors said Thursday.
Sonja Farak stole and consumed samples of narcotics that were either intended for testing purposes, or were part of official evidence. The drugs included meth, ketamine, ecstasy, LSD, amphetamine, and crack cocaine, according to The Washington Post.
The state’s public defender agency and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had urged Massachusetts’ highest court to dismiss all cases potentially linked to Farak, reports the Miami Herald.
She ultimately pleaded guilty in 2014 to stealing drugs and tampering with evidence while employed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst crime lab.
The total number of dismissed cases could grow, as other defense attorneys may come forward with appeals.