A TEACHER from Wearside has appeared in court over his alleged involvement in a £32,000 cocaine deal.
Michael Younghusband, 30, was arrested following a police surveillance operation that took place in the shadow of Penshaw Monument.
The teacher yesterday appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Magistrates heard how police uncovered a quantity of the drug after videoing an alleged deal at a car park.
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.