State Police lab scandal led to major overhaul in how N.J. tests drug evidence. It was all based on a lie, lawsuit claims.

 

 

In the fallout of a State Police drug lab scandal, authorities in New Jersey overhauled how they test marijuana evidence, moving to dismiss more than 1,700 drug cases.

They are among the more than 7,000 cases called into question when a lab technician was accused of falsifying test results from a single marijuana sample in 2015 – a legal mess still being untangled by a judge appointed by the Supreme Court to handle the glut of legal challenges.

But the technician at the center of the ordeal, Kamalkant Shah, now says it was all based on a lie, alleging in a lawsuit that the accusations were drummed up by his superiors as he grappled with a mental illness for which he was actively seeking treatment.

State authorities said at the time they were re-testing Shah’s work “out of an abundance of caution” and a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said prosecutors were in the process of dismissing 1,711 cases in which the drug evidence had been Read More

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