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West Virginia’s State Police is getting help in the fight against illegal drugs – a funding boost nearly equal to half the agency’s annual budget.
Federal prosecutors are awarding the department more than $44 million from a settlement with the maker of OxyContin.
U.S. Attorney Chuck Miller says State Police deserves the award for helping his prosecutors investigate Perdue Pharma.
The three-year probe fueled a lawsuit alleging the company misled the public about its addictive painkiller.
Perdue Pharma forfeited $276 million to settle the case.
Miller and other federal officials plan to deliver the check to Gov. Joe Manchin and State Police brass at a Friday ceremony at the State Police Academy in Institute.