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Drug mule Michaella's McCollum fellow smuggler Melissa Reid heading back to UK

By PA Scotland

Published 22/06/2016

Melissa Reid (AP)
Melissa Reid (AP)
Michaella McCollum
Melissa Reid (right) with Michaella McCollum in Peru 2013
Model behaviour: Michaella McCollum
Model behaviour: Michaella
On camera: the first television interview of Michaella McCollum after being released on parole from jail in Peru
Michaella's police mug shot in 2013
Michaella McCollum arriving for her court hearing in Lima in December 2013

The Scottish woman jailed in Peru with Michaella McCollum for drug smuggling is expected back in the UK soon.

Melissa Reid (22), from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, and McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, were jailed for trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5m 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 is complete.

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McCollum (23) was freed in March under new legislation, but was to remain on parole in Peru. It is understood Reid will return to the UK a free woman.

The pair were caught at Lima Airport trying to board a flight with 24lb of cocaine in food packets hidden in their luggage.

They initially claimed they were forced to carry the drugs, but later pleaded guilty to the charges and were sentenced to six years and eight months.

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."

Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of the Ibiza clubs where she worked as a dancer
Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of the Ibiza clubs where she worked as a dancer
Michaella McCollum Connolly in one of her club hostess outfits
Michaella McCollum Connolly with Brad Houston from England, pictured in Ibiza
Michaella McCollum Connolly
Michaella McCollum Connolly
First television interview of Michaella McCollum Connolly after being released on parole from a Peruvian prison
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing in Lima, Peru, clutching the book 'Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know: Ten principles for spiritual and emotional fulfillment' (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly arrives to court for her sentencing in Callao, Peru (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum, both handcuffed, arrive for a court hearing in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum Connolly, handcuffed, arrives for a court hearing, in Lima, Peru (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Michaella McCollum, left, and Melissa Reid listen to a translator during their hearing at court in Callao, Peru (AP)
Police escort Melissa Reid, front, and Michaella McCollum to a hearing in Lima, Peru (AP)
Police escort Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid from the National Police anti-drug headquarters in Peru (AP)
Michaella McCollum Connolly (left) and friend Melissa Reid in the airport after they were arrested
Michaella McCollum Connolly with rugby star Tommy Bowe while doing promotional work at an official Ulster Rugby event
Santa Monica female prison in Peru
SECRET STASH: The drugs found in food packs in the girls’ luggage
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Michaella and Melissa caught on CCTV loading bags into a car in Peru
Michaella McCollum, centre, and Melissa Reid leave the court after being sentenced in Peru.
Lawyer Peter Madden, who represents Michaella McCollum, has claimed his client has suffered from a lack of food.
Belfast solicitor Peter Madden said Michaella McCollum and co-accused Melissa Reid have been well treated by the authorities
Michaella McCollum, right, and Melissa Reid, left, were jailed in Peru last year after they admitted trying to smuggle cocaine worth 1.5 million pounds from Peru to Spain (AP)
Michaella McCollum's mother Norah McCollum and sister Samantha McCollum vist the Peru prison
Michaella McCollum Connolly with reality TV star Mark Wright at a promotional night hosted by Belfast's M Club

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