By The Associated Press

Federal officials have ordered the Pinal County Sheriff's Office in Arizona to retrieve military surplus goods it lent to non-police organizations in violation of distribution rules.

The Arizona Republic reports the Defense Logistics Agency told Sheriff Paul Babeu's office to recover trucks and other equipment after the newspaper's May report detailed the practice.

The sheriff's office got a brief reprieve but is collecting trucks and other equipment from fire and ambulance stations.

A Defense Logistics Agency spokeswoman says volunteer fire departments and private ambulance companies should not have received the equipment.

The sheriff's office has requisitioned more than $7 million worth of free merchandise through the Defense Department program since August 2010. Police organizations can obtain excess military goods only for immediate law-enforcement purposes.