Police bid to formally have car seized from cocaine dealing teacher forfeited (From The Northern Echo)
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Police bid to have car seized from cocaine dealing Peterlee teacher forfeited
A BID to seek a forfeiture order over a car seized from a cocaine-dealing former teacher has been put on hold due to doubts over its ownership.
The BMW was stopped by police before they arrested Michael Younghusband, who was at the wheel driving from a cocaine pick-up near Penshaw Monument, on Wearside, in August.
Durham Crown Court heard that a package of 750g of cocaine, worth an estimated £29,760, was recovered from the vehicle.
A total of £7,000, found in £1,000 bundles at Younghusband’s home, in Kingswood, Penshaw, was also seized by police.
Thirty-year-old Younghusband was jailed for three years and four months after admitting possessing cocaine with intent to supply at the court, last month.
As a result of the conviction he lost his job as a maths and geography teacher at Dene House Community School, in Peterlee, County Durham.
Proceeds of crime inquiries are now underway, with a confiscation hearing scheduled to take place at the court, on February 15.
But an application was made yesterday (Friday October 25) to formally have the BMW car forfeited.
John Gillette, for the Crown, said the police would like to sell it now, rather than it remain in storage until the February hearing, to raise money for use, “in the fight against crime”.
But Mr Gillette said Younghusband claims the car actually belongs to his mother and is the subject of finance repayments.
As a result, Judge Christopher Prince put the subject of forfeiture back to be resolved at the proceeds of crime hearing in February.
This will allow the prosecution to confirm the exact ownership and financial position.