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Former Amherst chemist sentenced

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NORTHAMPTON, MA (WSHM) -

The Hampshire County chemist accused of stealing drugs from an Amherst crime lab was sentenced on Monday.

Sonja Farak, 35, of Northampton pleaded guilty to all nine charges in court.

The charges included evidence tampering, and stealing drugs from a Umass Amherst lab.

Officials contacted state police when they found an inventory discrepancy.

Farak's attorney, Elaine Polanski, asked Judge Mary Lou Rup for probation, but the judge sentenced Farak to two and-a-half years at the Chicopee Women's Correctional Facility.

Farak was also sentenced to five years of probation.

Polanski told the judge that Farak's drug addiction was to blame for the crimes committed.

Prosecutors told CBS 3 that dozens of cases in Hampden County have been dismissed because of Farak's actions.

Included with the sentence, Farak will have to undergo alcohol and drug screenings, treatment and 500 hours of community service.

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