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Drug mule Michaella McCollum arrives back to Dublin

Drug smuggler Michaella McCollum has arrived back to Dublin for the first time after being released from prison in Peru earlier this year.

Pictures posted online showed her walking through Dublin airport last night.

It is understood that she arrived into Dublin Airport from a London flight.

The  23-year-old from Dungannon in Co Tyrone refused to answer questions from reporters as she carried a number of large suitcases.

McCollum and Scottish woman Melissa Reid were arrested in August 2013 at Lima Airport with 11KG of cocaine hidden in food packets.

She was released on parole in March this year after serving less than half her six-year, eight-month sentence.

In an interview with RTE shortly after her release she admitted her decision to take part in smuggling was a “moment of madness”.

She said: “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.

“I potentially could have hurt a lot of people. I potentially could have filled Europe full of a lot of drugs,” she said.

She had been staying in Peru awaiting a judicial hearing to decide when she could return home.

Melissa Reid arrived back to Scotland in June.

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