Lots of drugs are off the streets in Brownwood, Tx.

Local law enforcement began operation ‘methodical’ in January of 2016.

On Thursday, 57 search warrants were served.

Brownwood Police Chief Terry Nichols said they found several of the people are connected to the Mexican drug cartel.

“These are people that are actually selling narcotics in our community. These are the ones that are putting illegal drugs in our kid’s hands, in our citizens, our neighbors hands,” Nichols said.

Getting the names of dozens of suspected drug dealers was a group effort.

Over 10 agencies played a role in the investigation.

“This is a result of what can happen when we put our resources together,” Brown County Sheriff Vance Hill said.

Law enforcement hopes this bust will send a message to other drug distributors.

“Hopefully we can start putting a little pressure on them where they don’t feel so at ease at selling drugs in Brownwood and Brown County,” Nichols said.

Information provided by Brownwood Police Department and Brown County Sheriff's Office press release.

Brown County law enforcement issued 57 arrest warrants to defendants who are involved in distribution of illegal narcotics in Brown County and the Brownwood community.

As of 11:18 a.m. on Aug. 24, 36 of the 57 defendants are in custody. Ten of these defendants are currently on probation for previous offenses and several were also on parole from previous convictions.

During a group investigation on the trafficking of methamphetamine, investigators found a range of suspects from local distributors to people having direct ties to the Mexican drug cartels.

During the operation, investigators purchased and seized quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and various prescription drugs such as: Ocycodone, Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, Clonazepam and Carisoprodol.

Investigators uncovered the organizational structure of multiple illegal drug distribution networks in Brown County.

This investigation has been ongoing since January 2016. This was a combined effort of the Brown County Sheriff's Office, Brownwood Police Department and Early Police Department.

Watch the Brownwood Police Department's presser: https://www.facebook.com/FOX15Abilene/videos/824648161033336/