GALESBURG, Ill. -- A big drug bust may put an end to a major drug conspiracy.
Wednesday, area law enforcement announced the arrests of 11 people through operation "Western Wind." Another defendant was already in custody.
They're all charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in Knox County.
An indictment alleges that the drug distribution ring began in 1992 and the joint investigation started three to four years ago.
Now that authorities believe they've arrested the major players, they have this message for the community.
"This gives the community an opportunity to go ahead and make sure conspiracies like this don't re-establish themselves," said Jim Lewis, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. "Work with your local law enforcement and make sure this doesn't happen again."
The investigation into the drug operation is ongoing as law enforcement believes there are more people involved.