A COUNTY drug dealer has had more than £3,000 in cash confiscated by the courts after he was convicted of supplying cannabis.

Police raided the former home of Lee Mitchell on Coalgate Avenue, Tranent, in August 2022 following intelligence that he was dealing the Class B drug to others.

A quantity of the drug was found within the property, along with thousands of pounds in cash, and he was arrested and charged.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of supplying cannabis to others when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on January 17 this year and sentence was deferred for background reports.

A subsequent court date was further deferred after the report was not prepared in time and he returned to the dock to find out his fate last Tuesday.

Sheriff Wendy Sheehan imposed a community payback order on Mitchell, currently of Northfield, Tranent, whereby he will have to complete 225 hours of unpaid work.

He will also have to wear an electronic tagging device and stay within his home between 7pm and 6am each night for the next six months.

The sheriff also agreed to grant a Crown motion to confiscate the £3,080 in cash found at the property during his arrest on August 4, 2022.