Friday, March 11, 2016

New Jersey Drug Lab

"Tech’s lax analysis raises questions on his 7,800 drug cases" Associated Press  March 03, 2016

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. — The New Jersey attorney general’s office has notified prosecutors that a lab technician failed to properly analyze evidence in a drug case, calling into question more than 7,800 criminal cases he’s worked on over the last decade.

Division of Criminal Justice director Elie Honig wrote in a memo last week that Kamal Shah was observed spending insufficient time analyzing a substance to determine if it was marijuana.

In a memo dated Monday, Passaic County Deputy Public Defender Judy Fallon said Shah was basically “observed writing ‘test results’ for suspected marijuana that was never tested.”

“Obviously, all his results have been called into question.”

Shah worked in the drug unit of the state police’s North Regional Laboratory. He was removed from lab work in December, said Peter Aseltine, spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General.

Fallon said prosecutors are planning to retest specimens from open cases.

Massachusetts was similarly affected by problems in the state’s crime labs. Annie Dookhan was arrested in September 2012 and found to have fabricated evidence in thousands of samples she tested at a state lab in Jamaica Plain, possibly tainting as many as 40,000 cases.

Not in AmeriKa, no way, and definitely not in the liberal sanctuary that is Ma$$achu$etts.


They didn't find a bag of crack on his desk for no reason, did they?

Related: Florida's Reverse Dookhan

Can you really trust any results coming from any state drug lab anymore, or those who testilie??