Thursday 18 January 2018

Drugs mule Michaella McCollum returns to Ibiza and the scene of the crime

Michaella McCollum
Michaella McCollum

Convicted drugs mule Michaella McCollum has returned to the scene of her crime as she travelled to Ibiza.

McCollum was caught trying to smuggle 24lb (11kg) of cocaine worth €1.75 million out of Peru with accomplice Melissa Reid in 2013.

The pair - nicknamed the Peru Two - were working in Ibiza for the summer when they travelled to South America three years ago.

They were arrested as they attempted to smuggle the cocaine in their suitcases. However, they denied knowing the luggage contained drugs, claiming they had been kidnapped and forced to become drug runners.

They later came clean and were jailed for six years and eight months but were freed in 2016 after striking a deal with Peruvian authorities.

Now the Co Tyrone woman has returned to Ibiza with a friend - the place where she was hired to smuggle the drugs.

McCollum was pictured drinking cocktails and taking selfies in the sun.

Read More: Drugs mule Michaella McCollum in talks to present new prime-time show on prisoners

Michaella McCollum arrives at court in Peru in 2013.
Michaella McCollum arrives at court in Peru in 2013.

After her release from prison the Dungannon woman revealed how she secretly took pictures on a mobile she got by bribing a prison guard to send home to her family to reassure them she was coping with prison life.

She told how she rose to "top tog" in her block being elected "general co-ordinator" and also ran a beauty salon offering prisoners treatments which she made about €270 a week from.

She also told how she shared a cell with seven other inmates including Melissa Reid, slept on concrete bunks and the toilet was a hole in the floor.

Recent reports suggest that McCollum is set to land a job presenting a new prime-time show on prisoners.

It's understood she has met TV bosses over the show which will delve into unsolved or unusual crime cases around the world and will include interviews with prisoners on death row.

The pair were also recently linked to reports that they could take part in Big Brother.

Read More: Michaella McCollum 'in advanced talks' to star on Big Brother with fellow drug mule Reid

In February writing on Facebook McCollum thanked followers for those who "cared and had my back" during the past few years.

She said: "It has been a long ride to get where I am today but it just shows that when we fight hard enough for something we can achieve."

Belfast Telegraph

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