A TEACHER is facing years in prison after admitting taking part in a £32,000 cocaine deal.
East Durham secondary school teacher Michael Younghusband is alleged to have taken 744g of cocaine from Peterlee man Keith Brumwell after the two men met near Penshaw Monument, Sunderland.
Police recorded the meeting on video and arrested both men a short time later.
Younghusband, 30, a teacher at Dene House Community School in Peterlee appeared at Durham Crown Court via a videolink to Durham Prison.
He pleaded guilty to possessing a class A drug with intent to supply it on August 21.
Brumwell, 28, of Basingstoke Road, Peterlee, appeared via the same link and admitted the same charge.
Prosecutor John Gillette said the case fell into category two of the sentencing guidelines, which give a sentence after a trial of between six and 10 years.
Jane Foley, for Younghusband, and Martin Scarborough, for Brumwell, said their clients should receive the full discount off their sentences for pleading guilty.
Ms Foley said Younghusband admits the offence, but she will not be able to give exact details of what he admits doing until the next court hearing.
Judge Christopher Prince ordered pre-sentence reports for each defendant.
The judge told the two men: “Obviously it will be prison, it’s just a matter of deciding the length.
“You will receive the full credit for your pleas of guilty.”
Both men were remanded in custody and will be brought to the court to be dealt with on September 27.
Younghusband of Kingswood, Penshaw, is suspended from his job pending the outcome of the court proceedings.