Peru Two

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The Peru Two are the collective name of Michaella McCollum Connolly from Dungannon, Northern Ireland and Melissa Reid from Glasgow, Scotland, both 20 whom, on 6 August 2013 were arrested for drug smuggling at Lima Airport in Peru, after their luggage was found to contain 11 kg of cocaine.[1] They initially claimed they had been forced to carry the drugs by an armed gang.

However, they subsequently pleaded guilty to drug smuggling, in order to receive a lighter sentence than the maximum sentence of 15 years that Peruvian law allowed for such crimes. On 17 December 2013, the pair were sentenced to 6 years and eight months in prison.[2]

The Peru two are hoping to be transferred to their respective countries to serve the remainder of their sentences in prisons in their home countries. [3]

The duo have received extensive press in the UK and also around the world since their arrest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fresh claims the ‘Peru Two’ arrest was a diversion for other drug mules". Irish Central. September 6, 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  2. ^ McDonald, Henry (17 December 2013). "British drug mules jailed for more than six years in Peru". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Drugs mule Michaella McCollum hoping to escape 'appalling' Peruvian jail to serve out sentence at home". evoke.ie. 7 January 2015.