£2million of heroin found at a house in Edinburgh. Kris Brown was found guilty
Some of the heroin stacked neatly in a kitchen cupboard
THREE men caught with the largest haul of drugs ever seized by one of Scotland's police forces have been convicted.
The men were caught with almost £2million worth of heroin at a house in Edinburgh in December 2010, Lothian and Borders Police said.
At the High Court in Edinburgh today, Kris Brown, 22, pictured below, was found guilty of being involved in the supply of the drug. His co-accused, Lee Knott, 23, and Ian Hunter, 22, pled guilty to the same charge on Friday.
They were remanded in custody and are due to be sentenced in Glasgow next month.
A laptop and drugs found at the Edinburgh home
The seizure, which happened at a property in Sighthill View in the Sighthill area of the capital, is the biggest drugs haul ever made by Lothian and Borders Police.
The drugs were seized as part of Operation Congress, an initiative launched in April 2010, which has focused on the activities of serious and organised criminals operating in the Lothians.
The operation has resulted in the arrest of 31 people, a number of whom have been convicted and are currently serving custodial sentences.
Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, head of CID at Lothian and Borders Police, said: "The three men who have been convicted today were caught in the act of preparing large amounts of heroin for distribution on the streets of our local communities.
"However their plans were thwarted as a result of Operation Congress, which has struck a major blow against serious and organised criminals operating in the Lothians.
"Lothian and Borders Police is committed to protecting our communities from serious and organised criminality in all its forms, and we welcome any new information on criminals operating in local communities."
Lothian and Borders chief constable David Strang added: "Today's convictions are the result of a significant operation for the force which represents our biggest-ever drugs seizure and I am pleased the hard work and comprehensive investigation undertaken by my officers has yielded positive results for the communities we serve.
"Drug dealers impact on all of us - whether it be directly through associated criminality, such as housebreakings and thefts, or indirectly through fear and intimidation.
"We are committed to improving the quality of life for people living in the force area and disrupting serious and organised crime groups is just one way in which we can do this.