$86 million aircraft to combat medications in Afghanistan doesn’t take off

Washington( CNN) The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Defense spent more than $86 million on an aircraft for counter narcotics efforts in Afghanistan that has “never actually flown in Afghanistan, ” according to a Department of Justice inspector general report.

The aircraft, an ATR 42 -5 00, was purchased for a program called “Global Discovery.” Over the last seven years, it was outfitted with surveillance equipment and modified to conduct operations in a combat zone, which cost the Pentagon four times the expected $22 million. And of as March, the aircraft was inoperable and resting on jacks, told the report, which was issued on Wednesday.

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