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Court: State must conduct probe to find scope of misconduct in 2014 Amherst crime lab case

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BOSTON — The state's highest court is calling for a wider investigation into the case of a former chemist who pleaded guilty in 2014 to stealing drugs from a state crime lab.

In pair of rulings Wednesday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said law enforcement officials need to get a better handle on the case of Sonja Farak who also pleaded guilty to evidence tampering and drug possession.

The court said it's crucial that the state "thoroughly investigate the timing and scope of Farak's misconduct" to remove the cloud cast over the integrity of the work performed at the facility.

The court ordered the state to report back in a month to say whether it will conduct an investigation.

If so, the court said, the investigation must begin immediately and "be completed in an expeditious manner."

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