£300 a day coke habit costs lecturer his job

Preston Magistrates court
Preston Magistrates court
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A lecturer’s £300 a day cocaine habit cost him his job, a court has heard.

Marshall Carter, 37, of Patricroft Avenue, Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, has had £4,370 of suspected criminal cash seized from him by Lancashire Police after magistrates granted a confiscation order.

The former Blackburn University lecturer was found with thousands of pounds after being stopped in a car on Burrow Road, Preston,last summer.

He received a conditional discharge after admitting a drugs offence, but returned to Preston Magistrates’ Court in Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings to forfeit the cash.

In evidence, financial investigator Shelley Youll said: “ On Friday May 23, a silver Vauxhall Astra was observed in suspicious circumstances with a black Audi.”

Carter later admitted being a regular user of cocaine.

Defending, Mr Edwards said: “He is a man of previous good character. As a result of the proceedings he lost his job.

“He is a full time student trying to gain further qualifications to help him pick up his life. Perhaps a lessons is to be learned in this case of how quickly someone can fall from a position of responsibility.”