MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – 3 people are behind bars and 5 people are still at large after officials bust a large drug smuggling ring in Miami County.

Large amounts of heroin and meth were recovered along with hundreds of thousands in cash. It’s an investigation that spanned more than 2 years and resulted in the indictments of 8 people–who police say have ties to a Mexican drug cartel.

Investigators recovered more than 80 pounds of heroin and meth along with $600,000. They also recovered 7 vehicles, 1 home in Tipp City and an A-T-V. The 8 people were indicted on charges of corrupt activities, racketeering, and influencing corrupt organization among other charges.

Miami County Chief Deputy Dave Duchak says the investigation shows that certain drugs are on the rise.

“The heroin scourge and we’re starting to see an increase in Methamphetamine,” Duchak said. “Again is devastating all of our communities. Here in Miami County, Here throughout the state and here throughout the country. And we will stirringly enforce Ohio drug trafficking laws in Miami County.”

Authorities believe the 5 others could be hiding out-of-state or in Mexico. Some are believed to be Mexican nationals. At this time, they say they’re not confirming the citizenship status of the 8 people.