annie dookhan state chemist boston Alleged rogue state chemist Annie Dookhan during an earlier court hearing.
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A former Massachusetts chemist may plead guilty at a change-of-plea hearing that has been scheduled for Nov. 22, according to court documents released Monday.



Annie Dookhan, a chemist at the center of a Massachusetts lab scandal that has compromised thousands of drug cases, originally entered a plea ofnot guilty to obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence.


Dookhan, 35, was arrested in September. Authorities have accused Dookhan of mishandling drug samples during her time working as a chemist at the state’s Hinton Laboratory in Jamaica Plain.


A judge said last week that she won't impose a sentence of more than three to five years if Dookhan decides to change her plea to guilty, the Associated Press reported.

The docket also shows that a hearing on Dookhan's motion to suppress her statements to state police - which was set for Wednesday - has been canceled.

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