Two British drug trafficking suspects face "at least one to three years" in custody in Peru awaiting trial and up to 25 years in jail if they are convicted, a Latin American legal expert has told ITV News.
Stefano Lucatello said Michaela McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid have "no chance" of being released on bail and that the UK Government will not intervene in the case.
Melissa Reid and Michaela McCollum appeared in court in Lima, but it is unclear whether they have been charged, their lawyer said.
Two women accused of smuggling 12kg of cocaine into Peru could face up to three years in custody and a maximum of 25 years in prison.
A British woman accused of drug trafficking in Peru said she and her friend "were not smuggling for money, we were smuggling for our lives."