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A K9 officer responsible for several large drug busts in southwest Missouri has died.

"Buddy" was assigned to the narcotics unit at the Springfield police department in June of 2003 to work with officer Kent Shipley, who is a 17 year veteran of the SPD.  Buddy helped with the DEA’s Highway Drug Interdiction Team, primarily working on I-44 and was responsible for discovering 894 pounds of pot, 7 pounds of cocaine, 11 pounds of meth, and $6,521,938 in cash recovered. 

Buddy was buried at the Police Service Dog memorial on Lone Pine south.

The department currently has six K9 officers and is looking for a replacement for Buddy, which will bring the total number of service dogs to seven.