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Annie Dookhan’s legacy: chemist’s alleged abuses gave rise to a crime wave

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Annie Dookhan seemed like the answer to Carlton Haynes’ prayers.

The convicted cocaine dealer, 43, had been filing motion after handwritten motion in a vain attempt to get out of the maximum security prison in Walpole.

But his luck changed late last August when news broke that Dookhan, a former state chemist, may have mishandled evidence in thousands of drug cases. Including Haynes’.

A judge agreed to let Haynes out of prison, but, in a matter of months, Haynes started getting into trouble again. And again. And again, including two arrests for allegedly selling drugs and an alleged assault on his girlfriend’s young son. Haynes, now back behind bars, is part of a crime wave spawned by the release of hundreds of so-called Dookhan defendants over the past year.

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