Wednesday 28 September 2016

Michaella's meeting with cocaine kingpin

Published 09/04/2016 | 02:30

Michaella McCollum arriving for a court hearing in Lima Photo: AP Photo/Karel Navarro
Michaella McCollum arriving for a court hearing in Lima Photo: AP Photo/Karel Navarro

Cocaine trafficker Michaella McCollum was caught on CCTV visiting one of Peru's top drug dealers.

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The Co Tyrone woman and her accomplice, Melissa Reid, met with the notorious gangster - nicknamed "Uncle Charlie" - at his apartment in an upmarket area of Lima in 2013.

As a result of being filmed, Ms McCollum (23) had no choice but to tell Peruvian police who she was meeting with.

"They had no choice, they were caught red-handed, on CCTV," a top state official told the Irish Independent.

The trafficker is said to be a famous connection for drug mules in the nation's capital. In this instance, "Uncle Charlie" supplied Ms McCollum with 5.8kg of cocaine cut with starch into 16 food packets. Ironically, Ms McCollum now lives in the same plush area in Lima as the dealer since her release last week.

The revelation came as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs said RTÉ must answer questions about the interview with the drug mule and the costs incurred.

Irish Independent

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