The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has dismissed over 11,000 drug-related charges.
All of the chargers were dismissed due to evidence crossing paths with disgraced state chemist Sonja Farak, who was arrested in 2013 for stealing cocaine. Farak later admitted to spending nearly a decade stealing cocaine and other drugs that were meant as evidence. Farak also admitted to testing seized drugs (all being used as evidence in criminal cases) while under the influence of various drugs including LSD, MDMA, methamphetamine, amphetamine, phentermine and ketamine, among others.
“As an initial matter, the respondents — the attorney general and the offices of the Massachusetts district attorneys — have agreed to vacate certain convictions obtained using drug certificates signed by Sonja Farak,” wrote Justice Frank Gaziano in an April 5 declaratory judgment.