Air Force expands illegal drug probe to 10 officers

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(CNN) — In a spreading military probe into alleged illegal drug possession, the Air Force is now investigating nearly a dozen officers in multiple locations, a spokesman says.

Nine lieutenants and one captain “are being investigated by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations for illegal drug possession,” said Lt. Col. Brett Ashworth, an Air Force spokesman.

The officers are stationed at Edwards, Malmstrom, Vandenberg, F.E. Warren and Schreiver Air Force bases in the United States, as well as Royal Air Force Lakenheath in England, where U.S. units and personnel are based.

“The case began with the investigation of two officers at Edwards Air Force Base and expanded based on contact with the officers in question regarding recreational drug possession,” Ashworth said.

Because the case is under investigation, no additional information is being released.

The Associated Press first reported the drug probe on Thursday just as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was visiting F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. Air Force officials initially confirmed that two nuclear launch control officers in Montana were being investigated for alleged drug use.

By Barbara Starr

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