Reid could serve rest of Peru drug sentence in UK

Melissa Reid claimed she was forced to board a flight with 24lb of cocaine hidden in her luggage. Credit: Reuters/Mariana Bazo

Melissa Reid, one of two women convicted of drug smuggling in Peru last year, could serve the rest of her sentence in the UK after Lima authorities requested a transfer.

The Scottish Prison Service confirmed it has received a repatriation application that could see the 20-year-old return home in the coming months.

Reid and Michaella McCollum, from Ireland, were both jailed for six years and eight months in September after pleading guilty to boarding a flight at Lima airport with a £1.5 million haul of cocaine.