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Man hands himself over to police after €80m cocaine seizure in Cork

A 29-year-old from Leeds handed himself in last night.
Sep 29th 2014, 1:35 PM 12,882 25

A SIXTH PERSON has been arrested in relation to the €80 million worth of cocaine seized off the Cork coast last week.

The UK’s National Crime Agency has confirmed that a 29-year-old man from Leeds handed himself in at a police station in the West Yorkshire area last night. He will be questioned today.

He is the third person to be arrested in the UK in connection with the seizure aboard the Makayabella yacht.

Stephen Powell (47) was charged with conspiring to import class A drugs and appeared before Leeds Magistrates on Saturday, where he was remanded in custody.

A 43-year-old man arrested by the NCA at an address in Leeds has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Three other UK men were detained by An Garda Síochána on board the vessel: John Powell (70) from West Yorkshire, Benjamin Mellor (35) from Bradford, and Thomas Britteon (28) from Grimsby.

They appeared in court in Cork over the weekend.

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