Teacher in court on £32,000 cocaine charge

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A PETERLEE teacher has appeared in court over his alleged involvement in a £32,000 cocaine deal.

Michael Younghusband, 30, was arrested following a police surveillance operation.

The teacher yesterday appeared at court charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard how police uncovered a quantity of the class A drug after videoing an alleged deal at a car park at the foot of the Penshaw Monument in Sunderland.

Younghusband, of Kingswood in Penshaw, is a teacher at Dene House Community School, in Peterlee.

The court heard how Younghusband’s co-accused, Keith Thomas Brumwell, 28, is alleged to have handed Younghusband a package containing 744 grams of cocaine after meeting near the landmark in their own cars.

Brumwell, of Basingstoke Road, in Peterlee, and Younghusband were arrested on a short time later.

The court also heard that a large quantity of cash has also been seized by investigating officers. A BMW car belonging to Younghusband and a Land Rover belonging to Brumwell have also been seized.

David Smith, defending Brumwell, said: “Mr Brumwell is a man of good character.”

No plea was entered in the case for either defendants.

Chairman of the bench Mr William Smith told the court: “We have decided to refuse bail in this case.”

Both men were remanded in custody and will next appear at Durham Crown Court on Friday, September 6.