BOSTON (AP) - Authorities say a career criminal whose bail on drug charges was reduced because of the alleged mishandling of drug samples by a Massachusetts chemist failed to show up for a court date and is now a fugitive.
Marcus Pixley's bail was originally $5,000 cash after he was charged with possession and intent to distribute crack cocaine.
His bail was reduced to $1,000 because the drugs were tested by Annie Dookhan, a state chemist charged in a scandal that has potentially put thousands of drug cases in jeopardy.
Pixley posted the reduced bail, but failed to appear in court Wednesday. A judge issued an arrest warrant Thursday.
Pixley has a criminal record dating to 1977, including convictions in rape, assault and battery, and drug cases.
Prosecutors argued against Pixley's bail reduction.