Information obtained during a traffic stop led sheriff's deputies to more than $400,000 worth of drugs this week, authorities say.

On Tuesday evening, Jesus Maria Lopez-Verduzco, 34, was pulled over by Pima County Sheriff's deputies near the 1000 block of North Euclid Road.

The traffic investigation led to $1,916 worth of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and meth found in his possession, a sheriff's department news release said.

A two-day investigation started after deputies received information during the traffic stop about a home in the 1900 block of North Wilmot Road.

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Deputies found a stolen handgun, 10,000 fentanyl pills, 11 pounds of heroin, nearly six pounds of cocaine, and 9 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $400,000 inside the house.

Lopez-Verduzco was arrested on one count of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a narcotic drug, transportation for sale, one count prohibited possessor, and one count possessing a firearm while transporting narcotics.

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.