After Serving a Drug Smuggling Sentence, Peru Releases UK Citizen Melissa Reid

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    British woman jailed in Peru for drug smuggling is expected to return to the UK as a free woman. Melissa Reid, 22, and Michaella McCollum, were jailed in 2013 after trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5 million from Peru to Spain.

    A judge in Lima last month granted an order to expel Reid as she met the legal requirements for release.
    According to reports, the release process has now been completed. McCollum, 23, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was freed in March under new legislation but was required to remain on parole in Peru.

    It is understood Reid, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, will be able to return to the UK a free woman.

    The pair were caught at Lima Airport trying to board a flight with 24lb (11kg) of cocaine in food packets hidden in their luggage. They claimed they were forced into carrying the drugs but pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced to six years and eight months. Reid's father Billy has previously said the impact of his daughter's crime on his family had been "horrendous" and spoke out in a video warning of the consequences of drug offences abroad.

    A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We continue to provide assistance to Melissa Reid and remain in contact with her family and local authorities."

    Speaking after her release, McCollum said she "probably would have had a lot of blood on my hands" if she had "filled Europe full of a lot of drugs." In an interview for RTE One, she insisted that she was a good person who made a bad decision in a "moment of madness." She said: "I've forgotten the things that everybody takes for granted in life. "Seeing the sun, seeing the darkness, seeing the moon and the stars, things I haven't seen in almost three years."

    By Harry Yorke - The Telegraph/June 21, 2016
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