Drug enforcement agents arrested five people and recovered illegal drugs valued at thousands of dollars during a sweep Monday night that involved searches of two homes and two motor vehicle stops in Thomaston and South Thomaston.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said officers from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police and Thomaston police carried out the operation, which lasted for four hours.

The officers seized 162 oxycodone pills, 16 Klonopin pills, eight Suboxone strips, six Suboxone pills, and hypodermic needles valued at more than $5,000.

MDEA supervisor James Pease said some of those arrested were traveling on a weekly basis to New Bedford, Massachusetts, before returning to Knox County with hundreds of pills.

Police arrested the following individuals:

Kathleen Zable, 24, of South Thomaston was charged with trafficking oxycodone, a Class B crime.

Kevin Richards, 25, of South Thomaston was charged with possession of Suboxone, a Class D crime, and violation of probation.

Jason Walsh, 33, of South Thomaston was charged with trafficking oxycodone, a Class B crime.

Karrie Prior, 24, of Friendship was charged with falsifying physical evidence, a Class D crime, and violation of probation.

Duane Natale, 37, of South Thomaston was charged with possession of oxycodone, a Class C crime.