High School Teacher Macphallen Kuwale Faces Jail Time After $1.5 Million Coke Lab Found in Home
A teacher at a Welsh secondary school lost his teaching license after it was discovered that he was also moonlighting as a high-volume coke dealer.
In the real-life "Breaking Bad"-style case, Malawi-born Macphallen Kuwale was sentenced to three and a half years in jail by Cardiff Crown Court, the Telegraph reports. A cocaine laboratory worth £900,000, or about $1.5 million, was found in his home in December 2012. The father of two was also caught with £8,000, or about $1,320, of the drug.
Detectives called the lab, which included a pressing machine that makes the drug appear higher-grade, “sophisticated.”
''It was totally unusual,” said Detective Timothy Jones of the South Wales Police drug squad. "It is not something that you come across every day."
Kuwale taught IT at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen secondary school in Bridgend, South Wales. He used the code name “Mac” to arrange his coke deals via text.
The teacher denies that he ever dealt drugs, insisting he was holding on to the controlled substance for a friend. But Jones, who has worked on drug cases for 11 years, doesn't buy it.
“This was in the higher echelons,” Jones said.
General Teaching Council for Wales panel chairman Steve Powell said the body had no choice but to permanently strike Kuwale from the teaching register.
"Mr. Kuwale presents a significant and ongoing risk to the standards of the profession … We cannot be satisfied that there is no risk of repetition,” Powell said. "The wellbeing of pupils must be protected and the reputation of the profession maintained."
Kuwale has 28 days to appeal the decision.