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Makayabella yacht cocaine plot: James Hill's jail term increased

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Image caption James Hill had his original sentence of six years increased to 11 at the Court of Appeal after it was deemed unduly lenient by the Attorney General

A man who tried to smuggle cocaine with a street value of £160m into the UK has had his prison sentence increased.

James Hill, 31, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to import the drug at Leeds Crown Court last September.

His prison term has now risen to 11 years after his case was referred to the Court of Appeal as being unduly lenient by the Attorney General.

The class A drug was seized from luxury yacht Makayabella off the Irish coast in September 2014.

Hill, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, was part of a gang who tried to use the yacht to smuggle high purity blocks of the drug across the Atlantic Ocean from Venezuela.

He, along with Dawne Powell, 56, David Webster, 44, and Philip McElhone, 29, were found guilty following a trial, in which Judge James Spencer QC described the plot as "colossal and mind boggling".

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