Wednesday 28 September 2016

Michaella’s drug-mule partner arrives back in UK

Dean Gray

Published 23/06/2016 | 02:30

Melissa Reid is escorted by immigration officers before boarding a flight at Lima’s airport in Callao, Peru. Photo: Janine Costa/Reuters
Melissa Reid is escorted by immigration officers before boarding a flight at Lima’s airport in Callao, Peru. Photo: Janine Costa/Reuters

Drug mule Melissa Reid has arrived back on home soil after spending nearly three years in jail in Peru.

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The 22-year-old Scot arrived at Glasgow Airport last night after completing the last leg of her journey to the UK from Lima.

Reid, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, was caught in August 2013 with 23-year-old Michaella McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, trying to smuggle cocaine worth €2m in food bags from Peru to Spain.

The pair - nicknamed the “Peru Two” – were jailed for six years and eight months after admitting the offence.

But a judge last month ordered Reid to be expelled from the South American country under an early release scheme for deporting first-time drug offenders.

Reid, who is understood to have travelled to Scotland on a flight from Amsterdam, was accompanied by her father Billy.

Around 24 hours earlier, Reid smiled as she arrived at Lima Airport on Tuesday evening with her father and British Embassy staff, before being whisked through security.

Janeth Sanchez, a spokeswoman for Peru’s prison service, said that the Scot had “served her time in prison according to the law and can now go to her country, free, to the streets”.

McCollum was freed in March under new legislation but was required to remain on parole in Peru for an undisclosed period of time.

Irish Independent

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