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Michaella McCollum hides under hoodie after her Dungannon welcome home party

By Staff Reporter

Convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum has been pictured trying to keep a low profile at the Co Tyrone family home after her arrival back in Northern Ireland.

The glamorous 23-year-old was photographed getting into a car on Sunday in Dungannon, where she had just enjoyed a homecoming party with family and friends.

Wearing a grey hoodie and with dark rings under her eyes, McCollum appeared tired.

As one man opened the silver-coloured car's door for her and another sipped coffee in the driver's seat, Michaella appeared not to be wearing any make-up.

Her dowdy appearance was in stark contrast to when the drugs mule arrived at Dublin airport on Saturday night on a flight from London, before heading back across the border.

The former dancer strutted through arrivals in a black low-cut top and fashionable camel-coloured jacket, wearing high gloss lipstick and dark eyeliner.

After three years in jail in Peru for attempting to smuggle £1.5m of cocaine out of Lima, McCollum has been in the media spotlight since her flight touched down.

But her arrival back in Ireland has sparked criticism.

DUP MLA Lord Morrow said her homecoming had resembled that of a "minor celebrity".

"The harm caused by the drugs she attempted to smuggle affects communities everywhere and that should not be forgotten," Lord Morrow said.

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