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Ireland yacht cocaine plot: Three in court

The Irish naval vessel - the LÉ Niamh, sails alongside the detained yacht Makayabella Image copyright Irish Defence Forces
Image caption The Irish navy intercepted the yacht Makayabella after it was tracked from Venezuela

Two men and a woman have appeared in court charged in connection with a plot to smuggle cocaine worth an estimated £150m into the UK.

The drugs were found on the luxury yacht Makayabella in September when it was stopped off the coast of Ireland.

David Webster, 44, Philip McElhone, 29, and Dawne Powell, 56, all from West Yorkshire, were remanded in custody at Leeds Crown Court.

Their trial is due to start on 14 September.

They are also due to appear for a hearing at Leeds Crown Court on 26 June.

Mr Webster, of Rillmead in Otley, Mr McElhone, of Halton Moor, in Leeds, and Mrs Powell of Netherfield Road in Guiseley, were charged with conspiracy to import a Class A drug.

The Irish navy's LÉ Niamh offshore patrol vessel intercepted the yacht after it was tracked from Venezuela.

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