Wildlife agents say they've broken up a deer-poaching ring that involved more than 80 suspects.

The Natural Resources department says the ring operated out of Farnham, Sainte-Sabine, Stanbridge Station and Lacolle. The communities are in the Richelieu valley towards the U.S. border.

A two-year investigation, aided by tips from the public, led to raids by 100 agents Wednesday and Thursday. Officers seized 550 pounds of deer meat as well as a vehicle, six firearms and hunting equipment.

The suspects face 100 charges and could be fined thousands of dollars.

More charges could be laid in the future, says the department.