A DRUG dealer has been jailed for two years after a police raid discovered nearly £8,000 of heroin and nearly £4,000 of cash hidden in safes.

Steven Moffat, 28, was caught after officers arrived with a search warrant at two addresses in Prestonpans last year.

Police found a set of keys and a safe hidden in a bedroom at Moffat’s home and found almost £4,000 in cash inside.

The keys also opened a second safe found at a separate address in the town and officers discovered a large amount of the drug inside.

Moffat pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month.

The dealer was jailed for 24 months by Sheriff Donald Corke when he returned to the dock for sentencing today (Thursday).

Sheriff Corke said: “At the end of the day, you were concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

“You will well know the misery and the danger to life such drugs cause and you personally have a very extensive criminal record.

“There is no appropriate method of dealing with this other than custody.”

Moffat admitted to being concerned in the supply of heroin to others from an address in Prestonpans between February 8 and April 10 last year.

Fiscal depute Gavin Whyte told the court that officers swooped on Moffat’s home on the town’s High Street on April 10 last year.

They discovered the safe hidden away in a bedroom cupboard and a second safe in another address connected with the same raid.

The court was told that officers found a total of £3,830, along with 255 grams of heroin said to have a street value of £7,800.

Solicitor Neil Martin said that his client was involved in paying off a debt a relative had accrued and he had become involved in the supply of the drug.

He said that Moffat had recently become a father and had changed his life around and he “now leads a quiet lifestyle”.

The lawyer added that Moffat knew he was "the author of his own downfall” and he had no objection to the Crown’s motion for the forfeiture of the cash found.