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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 duo 'not typical smugglers'

John Collins, an expert in international drug control from the think tank LSE Ideas says neither Michaella McCollum Connolly nor Melissa Reid fit the typical profile for drugs smugglers.

Instead, he says, drug mules are more likely to be people from poorer backgrounds who the smugglers "can afford to have drop off the map."

Typically, he says, smugglers have "poor access to social services, they get caught up in the drugs trade and get exploited by people within the cartels."

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