Chemist Accused of Tampering Evidence at Amherst Lab Arraigned
BOSTON (WGGB) – A chemist accused of stealing drug evidence from an Amherst state crime lab has been arraigned on a grand jury indictment.
35-year-old Sonja Farak of Northampton was arraigned Monday in Hampshire County Superior Court on charges of four counts of a theft of a controlled substance from an authorized dispensary, four counts of tampering with evidence, and two counts of possession of a Class B substance.
Farak, who pleaded not guilty Monday, was arrested back in January after State Police was contacted after finding a discrepancy in the controlled substances seized by local and state police.
A state investigation found that Farak allegedly tampered with four drug samples in the Amherst lab. In two cases, the state alleges that Farak mixed drug evidence with another substance in an attempt to hid the drug theft.
In the two other cases, the state says the drug samples were completely missing. Investigators later allegedly found what is believed to be cocaine in Farak’s workstation and car.
The grand jury handed up their indictment on April 1.
Farak remains out on bail, with conditions that she report weekly to probation, remain drug-free, surrender her passport, and have no contact with any lab employees or witnesses.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for June 5.