Authorities stated today that Gustavo Gene Mendiola, 34, of Maricopa County was arrested after authorities found more than 20 pounds of meth during a traffic stop Friday.

An additional several pounds of meth was also found during a search of property associated with the suspect.

Drug Task Force authorities stated the investigation took several months of planning and authorities had information leading them to believe a large quantity of meth was coming into to the area Jan. 28th.

The joint operation included the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Batesville police department and the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.

The seized meth had a street value of more than $1,000,000.

Mendiola was arrested and is being held in the Independence County jail.