Fifteen Air Force Academy cadets are under investigation for alleged drug use. The academy says the investigation began in late 2011.
Details of the allegations, including demographics, whether the alleged use happened in dorms, on campus or off campus, or the type of drug allegedly are not immediately available.
The Academy says the cadets may have violated a general order prohibiting the use of intoxicating substances other than alcohol, caffeine, tobacco or prescribed medications. The penalty for violating this order could include trial by court-martial, non-judicial punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, reprimands and involuntary separation from the Air Force.
Air Force Academy spokesman John Van Winkle says the school has a zero drug policy. Van Winkle also says the investigation is not related to the announcement last week that three cadets facing sexual assault charges stemming from separate incidents dating back to the fall of 2010.