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Drugs mule Michaella McCollum set to present prime time show on prisoners - reports

By Claire Williamson

Northern Ireland drugs mule Michaella McCollum is set to land a job presenting a new prime-time show on prisoners.

McCollum was caught trying to smuggle 24lb (11kg) of cocaine worth £1.5 million out of Peru with accomplice Melissa Reid in 2013.

The pair, nicknamed the Peru Two, were jailed for six years and eight months after admitting the crime, but were freed in 2016 after striking a deal with Peruvian authorities.

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McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, returned to Northern Ireland in August.

It's been reported that McCollum has arrived in England for talks on her potential role within the programme.

The Irish Daily Mail reports that McCollum flew into Liverpool's John Lennon Airport on Thursday to meet TV bosses.

The new show will reportedly delve into unsolved or unusual crime cases around the world and will include interviews with prisoners on death row.

The pair were also recently linked to reports that they could take part in Big Brother.

In February writing on Facebook McCollum thanked followers for those who "cared and had my back" during the past few years.

She said: "It has been a long ride to get where I am today but it just shows that when we fight hard enough for something we can achieve."

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