11/25/2015 11:35 EST | Updated 11/25/2016 00:12 EST

Suspected drug dealer faces 40 charges including child endangerment

EDMONTON — A 39-year-old man is facing 40 charges, including child endangerment, after police seized handguns and drugs from homes in Edmonton and neighbouring St. Albert.

Police say an integrated unit of city officers, the RCMP and Alberta sheriffs searched the two homes last week and found drugs, cash and five loaded handguns.

Police say six children between five and 14 were in the Edmonton home and had easy access to the guns and drugs.

The five weapons were either loaded or had ammunition nearby and none was properly stored.

The children's mother also faces a string of charges which include child abandonment.

The children are now staying with another family member.

The two suspects cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the children.