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Drugs mule Melissa Reid can return to UK as Peru to expel her

By Lucy Christie

Published 17/05/2016

Released: Melissa Reid
Released: Melissa Reid

Convicted drugs mule Melissa Reid can return to the UK after Peruvian authorities agreed to expel her from the country, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

The 22-year-old from Lenzie, near Glasgow, and Michaella McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, were jailed in 2013 after trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5m from Peru to Spain.

A judge granted an order to expel Reid on Friday and prosecutors have three working days to contest the ruling.

McCollum (23), was freed in March under new legislation on early prison release.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that Melissa Reid has been granted expulsion from Peru. We remain in contact with Melissa, her family, and local authorities."

McCollum and Reid were caught at Lima Airport trying to board a flight with 24lb (11kg) of cocaine hidden in their luggage.

They claimed they were forced into carrying the drugs but pleaded guilty to charges and were sentenced to six years and eight months in prison.

Reid's father Billy (55), said his "prayers had been answered'' following Friday's court ruling.

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