Tyrone drugs smuggler released from Peru prison

Tyrone drugs smuggler released from Peru prison

One half of the young pair that were jailed in Peru for carrying £1.5 million worth of cocaine has been released from prison.

Michaella McCollum, from Dungannon in Co Tyrone, was caught with 11kg of the Class A drug at Lima’s international airport, along with Melissa Reid of Scotland.

The pair, both aged 23 now, initially claimed to have been kidnapped and forced to smuggle the drugs, but later admitted to the charges.

They were jailed for six years and eight months.

McCollum’s solicitor Kevin Winters said: “I can confirm Michaella has been released from jail and I’m waiting to hear the outcome of the judicial process.”

Reid remains in prison, awaiting the approval of a transfer request put in by the Scottish Prison Service in January of last year. The Peruvian authorities had agreed to let both serve the remainder of their time in UK prisons, but no action was made to move them as yet.

‘At this stage it remains unclear when Michaella may be eligible to return home,’ Mr Winters added.

‘That will be a matter for the court and a pending judicial hearing to determine the conditions of her parole.

‘We are working with her lawyers in Peru and hope to be in a position to clarify further, as soon as possible.’

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