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Irish woman in Peru to be charged with drugs smuggling

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7:42 AM - 20 Aug 2013



Two women accused of smuggling cocaine out of Peru are expected to be charged later today.

Michaella McCollum (20) from Dungannon, and Melissa Reid (19), from near Glasgow, have spent the past two weeks in police custody.

They claim they were forced to carry the drugs worth an estimated €1.7million, by a gang, and held at gunpoint.

If charged they are likely to be transferred to the notorious Santa Monica women's prison.  They are currently being held at a Police Station on Lima.

Last night Michella met with her solicitor Peter Madden to prepare her defense.  Afterwards Mr Madden hit out at some of the press reportage of the case, describing some of the coverage as bizarre. 

Colonel Julio Vera, head of Peru's drug police, explains how the girls were arrested:



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