MORE than half a million pounds' worth of drugs have been seized by police after they were found at properties in East Lothian and Edinburgh.

Yesterday (Thursday), an intelligence-led search was carried out at an address at Magdalene Gardens, Edinburgh, where over five and a half kilos of heroin was discovered within.

Officers also seized £7,000 in cash from the property.

A second home at Northfield, Tranent, was then searched, where dealer quantities of cannabis worth £200 was recovered.

In total, 5.8 kilos of heroin was seized, with a potential street value of £580,000.

A 36-year-old man has been charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act and is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Friday).

Detective Inspector Kevin Harkins from Edinburgh CID Proactive Unit said: "This has been a massive recovery of more than half a million pounds worth of heroin, the sale of which would have undoubtedly been used to fund organised criminal activity.

"Once again our communities have come forward with vital intelligence that has help us put a significant dent in the operations of those involved in the distribution of drugs within Edinburgh."