A TEACHER caught with cocaine valued at £30,000 has been ordered to pay back just £5 as the proceeds of crime.
Michael Younghusband was jailed for three years and four months at Durham Crown Court last September after police watched him receive 750g of cocaine at meeting near Penshaw Monument, close to his home in Kingswood, Penshaw.
Younghusband, 30, then a teacher at Dene Community School in Peterlee, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply it.
He was back before the same court yesterday for a hearing to determine if any of his assets can be seized as the proceeds of crime.
Prosecutor John Gillette said Younghusband’s benefit from crime has been assessed at £32,271.40 – but he has no assets.
The Recorder, Mr Ray Singh, said: “Since no assets have been identified, then a nominal £5 order will be made.”
Younghusband could still lose £7,000 cash which police found in £1,000 bundles in his house when they arrested him.
The money is the subject of separate confiscation proceedings which will be heard by a magistrates’ court on a date to be fixed.
Younghusband lost his teaching job at Dene Community School, Peterlee, when he was convicted.
Durham Crown Court was told during his original case last year how Younghusband took the cocaine from Keith Brumwell.
Police officers had seen Younghusband arrive in a car park in a black BMW at 2.40pm and gesture towards a Land Rover Discovery driven by Brumwell.
Brumwell was seen getting into the passenger seat of the BMW with a package wrapped in a coat.
He left moments later without the package and got back into his car and drove off.
Police followed Younghusband, whose car was stopped in Newbottle.
Brumwell, 28, of Basingstoke Road, Peterlee, also pleaded guilty to possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.
He was jailed for 52 months at the same time as Younghusband received his sentence.