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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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Prosecutors warn Peru pair could face 18 years in jail

Melissa Reid and Michaela McCollum appeared in court in Lima today. Credit: Reuters

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid could face up to 18 years in prison if convicted, Peruvian prosecutors have warned.

The pair have re-appeared in court after being charged last night after 11kg of cocaine was allegedly found in their luggage at Lima airport two weeks ago.

The pair heard that they could face up to 18 years in prison. Credit: Reuters

Both women say they were forced to carry the shipment against their will. Peruvian prosecutors said the crime carried a maximum penalty of 15-18 years in prison.

In a statement, the ministry said: "It should be noted that the prosecution has gathered sufficient evidence to suspect the alleged responsibility of both people."

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