Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Sentence Reduction For Drug Dealer, As Lab Crisis Spills Into Federal Court


BOSTON — Update at 6 p.m.: A judge has refused Adam Davila’s bid for release, but granted a four-year reduction in his 10-year federal prison sentence.

The Dorchester man’s lawyer, George Gormley, says drug evidence in a prior state conviction can’t be trusted, since it was tested by now-indicted chemist Annie Dookhan.

“He was only a career offender because of her malfeasance and now things are back to where they were,” Gormley told WBUR.

Davila now has two more years to serve in his prison sentence.

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BOSTON — The scandal at a now-closed Massachusetts drug testing lab has spilled into federal court.

A former chemist at the lab is charged with faking test results, tampering with evidence and routinely ignoring testing protocols, putting thousands of criminal cases in jeopardy.

The Boston Globe reports that Adam Davila, who was sentenced in federal court last year to 10 years in prison on heroin charges because he was classified as a career criminal, is asking to be released.

Davila has asked that a federal judge cut his sentence based on the chemist’s involvement in one of his state convictions. The 2008 conviction of drug dealing was factored into his classification as a “career criminal” in federal court and was used to triple his sentence.

His hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom


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