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Peru suspect 'to plead guilty'

A British women arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle cocaine out of Peru is prepared to plead guilty in exchange for a short sentence. Melissa Reid told the Mail on Sunday she was "scared" but did not want to be in prison until she was 35.

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Suspect's dad: Guilty plea 'best course of action'

A young woman will plead guilty to drug smuggling charges in Peru, even though she maintains she was forced into carrying the narcotics against her will, her father has said to Daybreak.

William Reid, whose 20-year-old daughter Melissa is in the notorious Virgen de Fatima prison in Peru's capital Lima, said her guilty plea was part of "plea bargaining negotiations".

Sitting next to Melissa's mother Debra, he explained: "You can spend a lengthy pre-trial period in detention otherwise. Not all of the people who know most about this case are going to be questioned."

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