Tuesday 6 December 2016

Watch: Convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum has arrived back in Ireland

Cathal McMahon and Wayne O'Connor

Published 13/08/2016 | 21:00

Michaella McCollum arrives back in Ireland.
Michaella McCollum arrives back in Ireland.
Michaella McCollum in Dublin Airport. Picture: Sean Defoe
Michaella McCollum Connolly

Drug smuggler Michaella McCollum has arrived back in Ireland after being released from prison in Peru earlier this year.

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The 23-year-old arrived into Dublin airport last night on a flight from London. She left South America on Friday night after posting a picture on Instagram prior to boarding her flight home.

Pictures posted online show the smuggler walking through Dublin airport last night.

She refused to answer questions from reporters as she carried a number of large suitcases.

McCollum and Scottish woman Melissa Reid were arrested in August 2013 at Lima Airport with 11KG of cocaine hidden in food packets.

Ms McCollum was released on parole in March this year after serving less than half her six-year, eight-month sentence.

In an interview with RTE shortly after her release she admitted her decision to take part in smuggling was a “moment of madness”.

She said: “I made a decision in a moment of madness….I’m not a bad person.. I want to demonstrate that I’m a good person.

“I potentially could have hurt a lot of people. I potentially could have filled Europe full of a lot of drugs,” she said.

She had been staying in Peru awaiting a judicial hearing to decide when she could return home.

Michaella McCollum and Scotswoman Melissa Reid stand as they are questioned by police in Lima airport in 2013
Michaella McCollum and Scotswoman Melissa Reid stand as they are questioned by police in Lima airport in 2013
Michaella McCollum Connolly during an interview with RTE

Melissa Reid arrived back to Scotland in June.

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