Officials have set up a “boiler room” of prosecutors, defense attorneys, court officials, and others to review the thousands of cases that might be affected.
“It’s going to be labor-intensive,” Heffernan said. “It’s going to require a lot of resources, of literally going through folder by folder.”
Heffernan said investigators will have to match each sample with a defendant and then go back to find the attorney who represented each defendant. The process is complicated by the fact that the Jamaica Plain lab did not use the same procedures in cataloging its records that drug labs operated by State Police use.
It would be “hard to estimate” how long the process might take or how much it might cost, Heffernan said. She indicated officials may ask state lawmakers for financial help.