Monday, April 1, 2013

Bulletin: Sonja Farak: Massachussets; Amherst Crime Lab Chemist has been Indicted on drug, tampering with evidence charges; ABC40;

STORY: "Amherst crime lab chemist indicted on drug, tampering with evidence charges," published by ABC40 on April 1, 2013.

GIST:"A chemist accused of stealing drug evidence from an Amherst lab has been indicted.
Monday, a Grand Jury handed up the indictment against 35-year-old Sonja Farak of Northampton on charges of four counts of theft of a controlled substance from an authorized dispensary, four counts of tampering with evidence, and two counts of a possession of a Class B substance (cocaine).
Farak worked at the state crime lab on the UMass campus in Amherst. That location is charged with storing and analyzing possible controlled substances for criminal cases by local and state police.........
In two of the cases, Farak allegedly mixed drug evidence with counterfeit drugs to hide the theft of the real drugs, and in two others, the drug samples were missing entirely, Coakley’s office says.
Farak has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been released on $5,000 bail. Since her arrest, court documents show that over a dozen drug suspects were released after their drug chrages were dropped, and the Northwestern District Attorney is looking for a full audit of all the drug evidence in the lab."

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