Three more charged in connection with €80m cocaine seizure on Makayabella yacht

Three more charged in connection with €80m cocaine seizure on Makayabella yacht

Three more people have been charged in connection with an international drugs seizure off the Irish coast last year.

The luxury yacht Makayabella was intercepted in September after crossing the Atlantic with a one-tonne cargo of cocaine from South America on board destined for the UK market.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK confirmed charges were brought against three people at Wakefield Magistrates Court in West Yorkshire yesterday in connection with the alleged smuggling.

David Webster (aged 44) of Rillmead, Otley, West Yorkshire; Philip McElhone (aged 29) of Freemantle Place, Halton Moor, Leeds; and Dawne Powell (aged 56) of Netherfield Road, Guiseley, Leeds, were charged with conspiracy to import cocaine.

Powell was also charged with money-laundering.

All three were remanded to appear at Leeds Crown Court on April 8, the NCA said.

It is believed the drugs, which came from Venezuela, have an estimated value of around €80m.

Three more charged in connection with €80m cocaine seizure on Makayabella yacht

The Makayabella was intercepted in poor condition by Irish authorities in the Atlantic Ocean, 200 miles off the south west coast of Ireland, while investigators also seized a 25ft motor boat called Sea Breeze, moored in Pwllheli, north Wales.

Two men are awaiting trial in Ireland in connection with the seizure.

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