CENTREVILLE, Md. - As of Wednesday, 33 people have been arrested in connection to a multi-county drug trafficking operation.
These individuals are from Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Anne Arundel, as well as New Castle County in Delaware.
Maryland State Police say the investigation began in the Fall of 2016. Back then, investigators gathered information about a large scale distribution of opioids in the area.
"A lot of this information is generated by tips, from the public to law enforcement," says Sheriff Gary Hofmann from Queen Anne's County.
Police say those community tips have helped them arrest multiple suppliers in the past couple of weeks and seize heroine, marijuana, oxycodone pills, fentanyl pills, crack cocaine.
"Most of them are habitual offenders, had multiple contacts with the system," says Lance Richardson the Queen Anne's County States Attorney.
Through this investigation, police also took 14 firearms off the street.
"These guns are linked to robberies and many other violent crimes, we have shootings from time to time and we know they are related to drug dealing," says Richardson.
Law enforcement involved in this investigation are also looking to send a strong message to those who are fueling the opioid epidemic.
"I can ensure you that my office will follow through with zealous and vigorous prosecution from this point on," says Richardson.