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British man ‘arrested in Peru with over 32kg of cocaine’

A 24-year-old was reportedly detained by authorities in a shopping mall in Lima.

A British man has reportedly been arrested in Peru after allegedly being caught with more than 32kg of cocaine.

The man, named locally as Sean Woods, 24, was arrested in a shopping mall in Lima, according to reports.

Police officers found 31 brick-type packages containing around 32kg of cocaine hydrochloride inside a suitcase, Peru’s Ministerio Publico said in a Facebook post.

We are providing consular assistance to a British national arrested in Peru and are in contact with the local authorities FCO spokeswoman

It said Woods has been detained while the case is being investigated by the country’s drug trafficking division.

An FCO spokeswoman said: “We are providing consular assistance to a British national arrested in Peru and are in contact with the local authorities.”

In 2013, Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid were caught trying to smuggle 24lb (11kg) of cocaine worth £1.5 million out of Peru.

The pair 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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