Dookhan's lab coworkers to testify at drug trial
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Testimony continued in the high profile drug trial of Shawn Drumgold on Thursday with coworkers of the chemist accused of altering thousands of samples taking the stand.
The testimony came during the drug trial of Shawn Drumgold who is charged with possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute. Officers testified about the 2011 Roxbury raid that led to Drumgold’s arrest, but defense lawyers wanted to hear from state chemists, who handled the alleged drugs at the now defunct Jamaica Plain state lab.
Daniella Frasca, a former chemist at the lab, went on the record under oath, answering pointed questions from a defense attorney about Annie Dookhan -- who was arrested by the state police for mishandling test results at the now-closed state lab run by the Department of Public Health.
Rosemary Scapicchio, the defense attorney for Drumgold, sounded more like a prosecutor as she drilled Daniella Frasca -- who told state police she never saw Dookhan do anything wrong.
“Did you ever see her forge her initials on another officer when you worked in the lab right next to her for eight years?” Scapicchio asked Frasca.
Frasca responded, “No.”
But when Scapicchio asked that if Frasca had seen Dookhan mishandle any drug samples, she would have reported it, Frasca responded, “I don’t know [if I would have reported it].”
Frasca now works for the State Police but was suspended for unknown reasons.