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Amherst Crime Lab Probe Sought by DA

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 9:15am

By Fred Contrada

Courtesy of The Republican file/Don Treeger  Sonja Farak is seen at her arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown. Courtesy of The Republican file/Don Treeger

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan is still waiting to hear exactly what went on in the state crime lab in Amherst, Mass., where a chemist was arrested, but he wants the public to know as soon as he does.

Sullivan has asked the state Inspector General to do a full audit of the lab to determine if evidence was comprised during the past year. Sonja Farak, a chemist there, pleaded innocent in Eastern Hampshire District Court to evidence tampering and stealing heroin and cocaine. Her arrest has caused authorities to temporarily shut down the lab.

Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said that the situation at the crime lab has created serious problems for his office. The laboratory was the testing site for drugs involved in cases his office prosecutes. He went so far as to say he would not be surprised to see some of them dismissed because of questions about the lab’s integrity.

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Source: The Republican

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