The Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) in Leuven has opened an investigation into officers from Flemish Brabant's Demerdal police zone suspected of involvement in drug-related crimes.
This was disclosed by the Leuven OPP on Tuesday evening, confirming earlier media reports.
According to Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper and VTM Nieuws TV channel, seven officers from the Demerdal police area allegedly used and sold drugs, including cocaine. Rumours to this effect have been circulating in the area since late August/early September, the media reported.
"We have recently received information about officers who have reportedly been involved in drug-related offences," OPP spokesperson Julie Plevoets said. "An investigation has therefore been opened."
"In the interests of the investigation and the rights of the defence, we shall not release any further information," she added.