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Peru Drugs Arrest: Michaella McCollum Connolly jailed for six years and eight months

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The two women were sentenced this afternoon

MICHAELLA McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid have been sentenced to six years and eight months each in prison for attempting to smuggle  £1.5 million worth of cocaine out of Peru.

Ms McCollum Connolly, from Dungannon, and Ms Reid, from Glasgow, pleaded guilty to smuggling 11kg (24lb) of the drug in September.

The 20-year-olds – who have already spent more than four months in prison in Peru – faced a possible maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

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They received the minimum sentencing at a closed hearing that took place this afternoon, according to their lawyer.

The pair are expected to apply for permission to serve a portion of their prison sentence in the UK, once they have paid compensation for their crimes to the Peruvian state.

The prison terms will run from their arrest on August 6 earlier this year until April 5 2020.

Initially, the women denied the allegations against them and claimed they were forced to carry bags containing the cocaine by armed men, however, they later admitted their role.

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One comment on “Peru Drugs Arrest: Michaella McCollum Connolly jailed for six years and eight months”

  1. peter read

    With that sort of possible profit, and that sort of sentence. might try it myself

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