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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Peru drug pair face at least six years, prosecutor says

Michaella McCollum, left, and Melissa Reid in court last month. Credit: Reuters

The prosecutor overseeing the case of two UK women arrested last month trying to fly to Spain with 24lb of cocaine says each faces at least six years and eight months in prison with no eligibility for parole if they plead guilty.

Prosecutor Juan Bautista Mendoza said today that a further sentence reduction is possible if the women testify against co-conspirators.

Otherwise, they face between eight and 15 years.

Twenty-year-old Michaella McCollum's lawyer Peter Madden said he could not yet say whether she would plead guilty or go to trial.

After her arrest he said the two women were coerced by a gang of up to 15 armed men.

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