Civil Liberties

Mass. Gov.: Charges Likely in State Drug Lab Scandal

Chemist altered test results, forged signatures for about two to three years, affecting tens of thousands of cases


Governor Deval Patrick said today he expected charges to be brought in the scandal over the mishandling of drugs at a state lab.

Asked if he thought former state chemist Annie Dookhan, the figure at the center of the scandal, should be behind bars, Patrick said, "First of all, I'm not a prosecutor. The attorney general is investigating. The State Police is doing exactly what they should be … doing. The attorney general has to make a decision about charges. I fully expect and indeed I hope, that there are charges."