Hull man charged with £160m cocaine smuggling plot

Published: Wednesday 20th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Police have charged a Hull man for his part in a “mind-boggling” £160 million international cocaine-smuggling plot.

Wayne Bush, who previously lived in Ormonde Avenue, stands accused of plotting to bring one tonne of class-A drugs into Britain on board a luxury yacht.

Bush, 45, is in police custody after Monday’s arrest (January 18), the BBC reports. Leeds Magistrates are due to see him on Thursday (January 21).

The Makayabella yacht was pulled over off the Irish coast in September 2014. Four others linked to the plot have already been jailed for between 3 and 11 years.

Last September, Judge James Spencer QC called the conspiracy both “mind-boggling” and “colossal” before sentencing Philip McElhone, James Hill, David Webster and Dawne Powell.

Irish navy members unearthed the haul aboard a boat. Powell had purchased the boat in the West Indies and smuggled the cocaine on it from Venezuela across the Atlantic.

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Published: Wednesday 20th January 2016 by The News Editor

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