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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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Peruvian police 'knew what was going on at airport'

The lawyer for drug trafficking suspect Michaela McCollum said both of the women being held for drug offences knew "as soon as they arrived at the airport" at Lima that the police knew they were carrying something in their cases.

Speaking ahead of their court appearance Peter Madden said the women think they may have been a decoy for a larger shipment of drugs.

"When they arrived at the airport, they have told the police this, they knew that the police knew what was going on. So they were immediately arrested."

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