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Second Massachusetts Crime Lab Chemist Arrested!

Nearly four months after the arrest of Annie Dookhan, the chemist involved in the Boston crime lab scandal, another chemist was nabbed and is facing charges of drug tampering, according to The Boston Globe.

Sonja Farak, 35, allegedly replaced with counterfeit substances the two samples, believed to be cocaine and heroin, she tested on Jan. 2 and Jan. 8.

Attorney General Martha Coakley told reporters at a conference that Farak’s wrongdoings were discovered when her supervisors were conducting a routine check of certifications and could not locate the two samples she tested. The supervisors went to Farak’s work area and found “certain substances . . . that appeared to be drugs and on further examination appeared to be counterfeit drugs.”

Coakley also noted that Farak’s case is different from Dookhan’s and that officials are still working to find out when Farak’s alleged theft of drugs began.

Farak was arrested on the evening of Jan. 19 and was held on $75,000 bail.

On Jan. 22, the accused chemist was arraigned at the Eastern Hampshire District Court and pleaded not guilty. Farak was released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear on a Feb. 22 hearing.

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