Peru drug suspects face 18 years

Peruvian prosecutors have warned that a British and an Irish woman charged with trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5 million out of the country could face up to 18 years in jail if they are convicted.

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Peru drugs suspect will 'plead not guilty if charged'

Michaella McCollum Connolly, who has been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling, will plead not guilty if she is charged, her lawyer has said.

Speaking as he left Belfast for Lima, Peter Madden said:"She is saying she has done nothing wrong, that she is innocent and that as far as any offences are concerned, if she is charged she will be denying it."

Belfast Solicitor Peter Madden speaks to the media as he arrives at George Best Belfast City Airport on his way to Peru Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire/

The lawyer said his client "sounded well" considering she was in "a difficult position for a young girl to be in."

Mr Madden, who is due to arrive in Lima tomorrow, did also warn that legal proceedings could be lengthy.

Ms McCollum Connolly as well as Melissa Reid, from Scotland, are accused of attempting to smuggle £1.5million of cocaine out of Peru.

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