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Drugs, guns seized from private Springfield security firm

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Officials say a drug enforcement team seized drugs and guns during a raid on a privately-run security firm in Springfield.

Authorities say the Combined Ozarks Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement Team raided the Southern Missouri Judicial Services, which is across the street from the Greene County courthouse.

The business provides such services as prisoner transportation, security and surveillance in several counties in the Ozark. The city of Springfield has used the business to transport prisoners.

The business owner, Tim Brenner, said Thursday that he has a state permit to use narcotics to train K9 units. Brenner says he was shocked by the raid.

The Springfield News-Leader reports court records indicate the business encouraged employees patrolling private areas to perform traffic stops, detain people and search for and seize contraband.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com