Police arrested 44 people during a multi-agency operation Thursday, Jan. 25, in Middletown, Odessa, Townsend, Smyrna, southern New Castle County and northern Kent County, state police said.

The operation was initiated in these areas to target ongoing criminal activity and to address quality of life, police said.

During the eight-hour enforcement blitz, police arrested people for either a criminal charge or outstanding capiases.

The following were seized: four firearms (1 stolen), over 140 grams of cocaine, 252 grams of marijuana, a half gram of heroin, 3.5 prescription pills, more than $3,500 in cash and 124 ammunition rounds.

Police made 31 traffic arrests, 33 criminal arrests and three civil citations during the crime blitz.

This initiative was a collaborative effort between the state police, Probation and Parole, New Castle County police, Middletown police, Smyrna police, Newport police, Capital police, Department of Corrections and Justice of the Peace Courts.

This combined effort highlights how the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies can effectively combat crime which in turn increases the quality of life for the communities police serve, state police said.