Chemist Posts Bail Amidst Drug Lab Scandal

A former chemist for the state of Massachusetts has pled not guilty to charges of falsely pretending to hold a degree and obstruction of justice in a massive scandal that could change the outcome of many drug cases. 

Annie Dookhan, 34, is alleged to have changed negative drug test results to positive by sprinkling cocaine on the samples. She is also alleged to have labeled entire sample batches as positive after tesing only a few. 

After entering her plea, Dookhan posted $10,000 bail. She is required to surrender her passport, wear a GPS monitor and not have any contact with a former employee.

The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley released a statement regarding Dookhan's actions, which include lying about drug evidence integrity and lying under oath about the extent of her education, which included claiming that she possessed a master's degree in chemistry. In a press conference later on, Coakley said, "Her actions totally turned the system on its head." Coakley has also said that Dookhan's ego may have played a large part in the situation because of her need to feel like she was working efficiently.

Dookhan has admitted to the forgery of her colleagues' signatures, removing evidence from a drug safe and tampering with evidence for several years. Her actions have jeopardized 34,000 drug cases and caused havoc in federal and state courts.

Governor Deval Patrick has closed the Hinton State Laboratory Institute where Dookhan used to do her work. All the cases that involved Dookhan's test results are currently under review by David Meier, a former prosecutor. Currently, 1,140 people are in jail based on evidence found by Dookhan.

Dookhan may face further charges as the investigation moves on. Every obstruction of justice charge carries a 10-year prison sentence. She has been unavailable for comment since her arrest on September 28th.

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