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sábado, 13 de agosto de 2016

Peru Two drugs mule Michaella McCollum (23) returns home to Ireland five months after being released from jail


  • Michaella McCollum, 23, has arrived home in Ireland after leaving Peru 
  • Was jailed in 2013 after trying to smuggle £1.5million of cocaine to Spain
  • Her and accomplice Melissa Reid where then dubbed 'The Peru Two' 
  • She was released from jail in March after being granted parole in Lima 
  • Last night she arrived back in Dublin after being allowed to leave Peru 

Convicted drugs mule Michaella McCollum has finally returned home to Ireland five months after being released from jail in Peru.
The 23-year-old touched down in Dublin last night after flying out of Lima via London marking the first time she has been home in three years.
The former dancer, from Dungannon, was arrested at Lima airport in August 2013 along with Scot Melissa Reid as they tried to smuggle £1.5million worth of cocaine in food bags from Peru to Spain.
Peru Two drugs mule Michaella McCollum arrives back in Ireland after touching down in Dublin, five months after being released from prison in Lima 
Peru Two drugs mule Michaella McCollum arrives back in Ireland after touching down in Dublin, five months after being released from prison in Lima 
The women, who travelled to Peru after spending the summer working in Ibiza, initially protested their innocence, claiming they had been forced to become drug runners by a gang of armed kidnappers.
The pair - nicknamed the 'Peru Two' - were jailed for six years and eight months after admitting the offence
Reid and McCollum were initially held at Virgen de Fatima prison in Lima but were later moved to Ancon II prison, a modern facility where conditions were moderately better than the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions of the previous jail.
However in March, McCollum was released on parole after serving less than half her six-year, eight-month sentence but was required to stay in the South American country.
The former dancer, from Dungannon, was arrested at Lima airport in August 2013 along with Scot Melissa Reid as they tried to smuggle £1.5million worth of cocaine in food bags from Peru to Spain
The former dancer, from Dungannon, was arrested at Lima airport in August 2013 along with Scot Melissa Reid as they tried to smuggle £1.5million worth of cocaine in food bags from Peru to Spain
The pair - nicknamed the 'Peru Two' - were jailed for six years and eight months after admitting the offenceThe pair - nicknamed the 'Peru Two' - were jailed for six years and eight months after admitting the offence
The pair - nicknamed the 'Peru Two' - were jailed for six years and eight months after admitting the offence
But this week she was granted permission to fly back to her home in Northern Ireland and arrived in Dublin yesterday night.
She was whisked through the airport and did not talk to the waiting press as she dragged two suitcases on wheels behind her.
When McCollum was released from jail in Peru in March, her infamous 'hair donut' do had been replaced with long blonde locks.
She also gave an interview to Irish broadcaster RTE, where she acknowledged the potentially devastating consequences if she had successfully smuggled the drugs back to Europe.
After being released on parole in March, McCollum gave an interview to Irish broadcaster RTE, where she acknowledged the potentially devastating consequences if she had successfully smuggled the drugs back to Europe
After being released on parole in March, McCollum gave an interview to Irish broadcaster RTE, where she acknowledged the potentially devastating consequences if she had successfully smuggled the drugs back to Europe
When McCollum was released from jail in Peru in March, her infamous 'hair donut' do had been replaced with long blonde locks
When McCollum was released from jail in Peru in March, her infamous 'hair donut' do had been replaced with long blonde locks
'I probably would have had a lot of blood on my hands,' she said.
'I potentially could have filled Europe full of a lot of drugs.
'I could have potentially killed a lot of people, not directly but I could have caused a lot of harm to people.'
'I made a decision in a moment of madness. I'm not a bad person. I want to demonstrate that I'm a good person.'
Meanwhile Reid arrived back to her home in Lenzie, near Glasgow in June after being expelled from the South American country under an early release scheme for deporting first-time drug offenders.
She was was allowed to apply for a return to Britain under a 2014 law designed to reduce Peru's prison population.
Reid arrived back to her home in Lenzie, near Glasgow in June after being expelled from the South American country under an early release scheme for deporting first-time drug offenders
Reid arrived back to her home in Lenzie, near Glasgow in June after being expelled from the South American country under an early release scheme for deporting first-time drug offenders
Speaking after returning home to Scotland, the 22-year-old told the Scottish Mail on Sunday how in summer 2013, aged 19, she had flown to Ibiza with a friend to spend the summer on the Spanish island.
But the holiday turned into a spiral of taking hard drugs and clubbing that led her to a British woman acting as a recruitment agent for drug smuggling gangsters.
She was offered 5,000 euro (£4,100) to fly to Argentina, spend a few days sightseeing and return to Europe with a package in her luggage.
"I thought it sounded like a challenge and was blase about it," she told the newspaper.

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