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Peru drugs- smuggling case

Post by russiandoll on 20.08.13 22:58

from Sky news  :


Peru Drugs: Pair Set To Face Smuggling Charge
Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid are handcuffed and driven to court where they are expected to be formally charged.

By Nick Martin, Sky Correspondent, in Peru
Two women accused of smuggling £1.5m worth of cocaine out of Peru are expected to be charged later.

They have been pictured handcuffed and being driven away for a court appearance.

Michaella McCollum, from Dungannon, County Tyrone, and Melissa Reid, from Lenzie near Glasgow, have spent the past two weeks in police custody.

The pair, both 20, were arrested earlier this month while trying to board a flight from Lima to Madrid.

Police said they found around 11kg of cocaine hidden inside food packages in their luggage.

Anti-drug officers say they have concluded their investigation into the case, which will now go before the public prosecutor's office.

The contents of that report will form the basis of any charges against the pair.

Ms McCollum and Ms Reid both deny the allegations and say they were forced to carry the drugs by a gang of Colombian drug traffickers who said they would hurt the women's families if they did not go through with the plan.

If charged, it is thought unlikely the pair would be granted bail because of the severity of the charges.

The women would instead be moved to a prison where it is believed they would be separated until a trial - which could take many months to be heard.

The pair's court hearing comes just a day after CCTV footage emerged which senior police officers claim shows Ms McCollum in the Peruvian capital on August 5 walking around freely - despite the women saying they were held at gunpoint on that day.

The police say the CCTV will form the basis of their case when it goes before the district prosecutor.

However, the lawyer acting for Ms McCollum, who is also known as Michaella McCollum Connolly, denied she was captured on the footage and sought to dispel newspaper reports he said were erroneous.

Peter Madden said: "She was not out shopping in Lima and spending a lot of money, that didn't happen."

"Michaella (McCollum) Connolly did not owe any money to any drugs dealer, she was not and is not involved in the drugs trade, she has no criminal record, she has never been in trouble with the police in her life."

William Reid, the father of her co-accused, also responded following the emergence of photographs that allegedly show them posing on a balcony and on a beach with glasses of beer days before they were arrested at Lima airport.

Mr Reid, who is in Lima, said: "I believe the trip to the beach was part of a set-up that they asked them to smile to build up a portrayal of them as happy holidaymakers.

"I can only go by what I have been firmly told by the girls. The two girls' stories are very tight, very consistent, with a lot of detail and they seem to be telling the truth, as far as I can gauge.

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Post by plebgate on 21.08.13 8:58

Hard to know what to believe at mo. The pics of them smiling and eating donuts after their arrest were rather strange I thought, I would have been absolutely terrified and deffo have lost my appetite.

A woman on the radio who served 7 years in a foreign jail for drug smuggling said that what they should have done is taken the drugs to the airport if they were terrified and then handed them over to someone in authority and tell them that they and their families had been threatened. On no account should anybody ever take a bag through customs for any body else and this woman takes the message around schools to try and get that message home.


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Post by Martin on 26.08.13 1:06

They could always try getting top government backing, high-flying lawyers, official spokesman and rubbishing the local law enforcement.

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Post by russiandoll on 26.08.13 9:59

from today's Express:

Peru girl Melissa's cryptic online posts fuel drug mystery

A BRITISH woman accused of smuggling £1.5million of cocaine posted cryptic messages about making money before she left the UK, it emerged yesterday.
By: Rick Senley
Published: Mon, August 26, 2013

                               



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Reid, right, and McCollum Connolly before a court in Lima last week

Melissa Reid put up a picture of a Nokia mobile phone with the caption “Wongamaker” on the social media site Instagram.

A message written beneath a cheerful snap of her, read: “Dinnae dae it hen gottabadfeeling.”

The messages went up before she left her home in Scotland to work on party island Ibiza.

Once there, Reid said armed gangsters forced her and Michaella McCollum Connolly from Northern Ireland to smuggle 24lb of cocaine from South America back to Spain.

And now Reid’s father has said he cannot believe everything his daughter has claimed.

The women, both 20, were arrested in Peru trying to get on a flight to Spain with the cocaine.

They said gun-wielding Colombians they met working in Ibiza coerced them to take the drugs. But after seeing his daughter in jail in Lima, a sceptical Mr Reid said the pair should own up.

Mr Reid, from Lenzie near Glasgow, described the situation as a “nightmare” saying his daughter should change her plea to reduce her sentence because “it’s indefensible to say that they didn’t have drugs or know they had drugs”. He said: “They should plead guilty. They should work with the authorities, tell them everything they know.

 If convicted the pair face up to 15 years in jail.

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Post by plebgate on 26.08.13 10:10

The dad is right when he says that they cannot say they did not know they had drugs. Recent reports have said that the pair said they were forced into carrying them by the drug barons.


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Post by Nereid on 26.08.13 10:48

Her dad is in the most dreadful situation. He is supporting his daughter, but is very honest when he says he is not totally believing her. It'd be so easy for him to jump on the 'they've been set up' bandwagon. But he wants the truth, no matter how bad it is. Very admirable.

I can think of some grandparents that should take note.

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Post by PeterMac on 26.08.13 11:04

@Nereid wrote:Her dad is in the most dreadful situation. He is supporting his daughter, but is very honest when he says he is not totally believing her. It'd be so easy for him to jump on the 'they've been set up' bandwagon. But he wants the truth, no matter how bad it is. Very admirable.

I can think of some grandparents that should take note.
There are some notably very silent grandparents.
And sisters.
And friends.

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