$44 Million Gift For WVSP to aid WV “Drug War”

Reprinted from: http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/10639437.html

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.