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Three Brits held over tonne of cocaine found on yacht

The Irish Navy confiscated a tonne of cocaine onboard. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three Brits have been arrested in West Yorkshire after around a tonne of cocaine worth up to £100 million was seized from a yacht by the Irish authorities.

The 62ft yacht, called Makayabella, was intercepted off the Irish coast last year with 41 bales of the drug on board.

The men, aged 31, 29 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs at addresses in Ilkley and Leeds on Tuesday, the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

All three were questioned and have been bailed pending further inquiries until August 28.

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Five men arrested over cocaine drug bust at sea

Five men have been arrested in connected with a drug-smuggling operation aimed at bringing cocaine worth up to £100 million into the UK.

Three British men were arrested on a yacht that was carrying the drugs on Tuesday morning. It had been tracked by authorities in several countries since setting sail from Venezuela.

The 60-foot yacht, Makayabella, was stormed by the Irish Navy in the early hours of Tuesday

The crew, which included a 70-year-old man, was reportedly sitting on bales of cocaine when the vessel was intercepted by an elite Navy squad 200 nautical miles the Irish coast.

A further two men were subsequently arrested by the National Crime Agency in the Leeds area.

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