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Friday 9 December 2016

WATCH: Drug smuggler Michaella McCollum flies back into Ireland

Published 14/08/2016 | 02:30

Michaella. Photo Sean Defoe
Michaella. Photo Sean Defoe

Convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum arrived back in Ireland last night for the first time since she was released from prison in Peru.

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She was freed from jail earlier this year after spending three years in prison.

The 23-year-old flew back into Dublin Airport from Peru via London.

McCollum was arrested in Lima in 2013 at Lima Airport and cocaine was discovered in her luggage.

She had been travelling with Scottish woman Melissa Reid when sniffer dogs and detectives discovered 11kg of the drug hidden in food packages in their bags.

The Dungannon, Co Tyrone woman was released from jail on parole earlier this year - on the condition she would serve it in Peru. However it is now thought that she has reached a deal with security services in Peru that will allow her to serve the rest of her sentence in Ireland.

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

Since her release from the notorious Ancon 2 prison in March, McCollum was been spotted dining out, partying in night clubs and working out at a plush gym in Lima.

She landed in Dublin at 8.30pm yesterday evening on a flight from London Gatwick.

Nobody was waiting for her in arrivals as she made her way through Terminal One.

She refused to speak to the awaiting media before leaving.

McCollum and Reid initially claimed they had been kidnapped and forced to carry the drugs out of Peru and back to Europe. The pair later admitted trying to smuggle the cocaine and were jailed for six years and eight months.

Upon her release this year she said had the drugs made their way to their intended target in Spain she could have had a lot of "blood on my hands".

Reid (22) was released in June and has already returned to the UK.

Sunday Independent

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