Sentence delivered in UK drug smuggling case in Peru

By Neil Logan

Michaella McCollum of Dungannon, Northern Ireland, and Melissa Reid of Glasgow, Scotland, have been sentenced to 6 years and 8 months in prison in Peru after admitting trying to smuggle cocaine out of the country.

The two women, both aged 20, were arrested on 6th August and their prison sentence will run from that date. They had initially claimed that they had been kidnapped at gunpoint in Ibiza and then flown to Peru and forced to smuggle the 11kg of cocaine in their luggage. However, in September they submitted a guilty plea. Prosecuting solicitors were not content with the lack of information that accompanied the guilty plea and asked the court not to offer a reduced sentence.

The court issued a jail sentence of 8 years, reduced to 6 years and 8 months because of their guilty pleas. They were also both ordered to pay a fine of £2,226 each. The women are hoping they will be able to serve some portion of their sentence in the UK but that matter has not yet been decided on.

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