A long investigation by the Corpus Christi Police Department has led to the arrest of a 25-year-old man that authorities are calling "a prolific drug dealer."

That man identified as Cody Kirkland. He was arrested at a staged bust at a local restaurant parking lot Thursday afternoon.

During the arrest, officers searched Kirkland's car and discovered nearly a pound of marijuana and a handgun. Two other people at the scene were also arrested on drug charges -- 20-year-old Jonathan Merritt and 25-year-old Roel Ramirez.

As for Kirkland, an additional search of his home turned up drugs and paraphernalia, earning him a total of five drug charges.