A decade ago, West Virginia was set to receive millions in a prescription drug settlement from the maker of OxyContin. Then-governor Joe Manchin vowed the funding would help his state win the “drug war once and for all.”

Behind the scenes, however, Manchin was trying to secure a personal “Governor’s Helicopter” with the funding, at a time when opioid deaths were climbing to the highest rate in the nation.

Manchin’s request of $3 million for the helicopter raised a “RED FLAG” from the head of West Virginia’s criminal justice programs, according to an internal memo obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

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