Three Britons jailed for drug plot

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Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Three British men, including a pensioner, have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in Ireland for their roles in a botched £200 million transatlantic cocaine-smuggling plot.

John Powell, 70, of Silsden, West Yorkshire, was handed 10 years for skippering a yacht intercepted off the Irish coast last year with 41 bales of the drug onboard.

Benjamin Mellor, 35, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, and Thomas Britteon, 28, of Grimsby, north east Lincolnshire, were sentenced to eight years each for their roles.

All three were arrested on board the luxury yacht Makayabella, which was found last September in poor condition in the Atlantic Ocean, 200 miles (322km) off the south west coast of Ireland.

Published: Friday 24th April 2015 by The News Editor

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