Michaella McCollum (front) and Melissa Reid leave the court
at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao, Lima. REUTERS/Mariana
Two women from the UK caught trying to smuggle $US2.3
million (1.5 million pounds) in cocaine out of Peru have been
sentenced to six years and eight months in prison, a local
court in Peru said.
Michaella McCollum, of Dungannon in Northern Ireland, and
Melissa Reid, from near Glasgow in Scotland, were arrested at
Lima's airport in August trying to board a flight to Madrid
with 24 pounds (11 kg) of cocaine hidden in packets of
instant food in their luggage.
Their lawyer, Meyer Fishman, said the women are not appealing
the court's sentence.
Prosecutors said in August that the women, both 20, faced up
to 18 years in prison if convicted.
Hundreds of foreigners have been arrested at Lima's airport
trying to smuggle cocaine from Peru, but the case of the
"Peru two" rose to become a regular feature in British
McCollum and Reid had pled guilty but said they were forced
to become drug mules by an armed gang and traveled to Peru
Before coming to Peru, the women had spent the summer working
in bars on Ibiza, a Mediterranean island drawing 700,000
British holidaymakers each year.
The judge had intended to sentence the women to eight years
in prison but reduced it to six years and eight months after
an agreement, the Fourth Criminal Court of Callao said in a