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Peru Two Could Serve Their Sentences In The UK

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Two twenty year old women charged with drug trafficking in Peru could return to the UK to serve their sentences if they plead guilty, prosecutors have confirmed.

Tyrone native Michaella McCollum and Scottish national Melissa Reid were stopped with cocaine worth £1.5m hidden in food packets in their luggage while trying to board a flight to Spain in August.

The duo claim they were forced to carry the 11kg of drugs by an armed gang who threatened them and their family members , having made initial contact in Ibiza.

Peruvian counter narcotics prosecutor Luis Mendoza suggested both women could plead guilty and qualify for a lighter sentence, which could be served in their home country.

He said: “The British citizens agree to the position of the Public Ministry, if they continue with their strategy they can go to trial.

“However, they are able to qualify for an early termination, which means they probably could get a sentence of six to eight years maximum.

“It’s very possible that they may complete their sentence in the United Kingdom.

“There is an agreement in our country that those convicted can choose an early termination procedure, assuming their guilt and paying civil damages and agreeing to the judgement, meaning there is no kind of appeal.”

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