Melissa Reid visited by her father in Lima police station

William Reid, father of Melissa Reid, waits to visit his daughter in Lima. Credit: Reuters/ Mariana Bazo

William Reid, the father of the British woman being held for allegedly attempting to smuggle 12 kilos of cocaine out of Peru, has visited his daughter in a police station in Lima.

The 53-year-old was seen having the bags and items he had brought for his 20-year-old daughter checked by police.

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William Reid waits as police check the boxes of pizzas he brought for his daughter . Credit: Reuters/ Mariana Bazo

Ms Reid was arrested with Irish woman Michaella McCollum Connolly over a week ago. Both say they were threatened by gangsters into carrying the parcels.

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