A state chemist at an Amherst drug lab got high on methamphetamines or other drugs almost every day at work for nearly eight years, consumed the lab’s own supply of drugs, and cooked crack cocaine in the lab after hours — actions that jeopardize an untold number of cases — according to an investigative report released Tuesday.
Investigators for the attorney general’s office found that chemist Sonja Farak had tested drug samples or testified in court between about 2005 and 2013 while under the influence of meth, ketamine, cocaine, LSD, and other drugs, according to the report, much of which is based on Farak’s own grand jury testimony. She even smoked crack before a 2012 interview with State Police officials inspecting the lab for accreditation purposes, she testified.Or, as we call it at Forest City Chemicals, Friday.*
(How did her coworkers not notice her cooking crack in the lab? I mean, I'm as oblivious as the next guy at my lab, but I think I would notice my coworkers consuming the starting materials. I think.)
(*That's a joke, folks.**)
(**Seriously, though, it is pretty clear that Ms. Farak was deep in the grips of addiction.)