BRITISH DRUG MULES CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING IN PERU – Looks like the international press are making a meal of the two British girls, Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly, who were caught attempting to smuggle £1.5 million of cocaine out of Peru and into Spain.
So far just to recap on the situation the international press has informed us that:
The two young girls, both 20 years of age, were threatened with death by drug dealers in Spain if they did carry out their assignment.
They are both tearful and frightened.
They are being locked up in a ‘windowless’ cage.
They are probably going to have to wait three years before a trial can begin.
That’s just the start of their woes and gripes about their situation. It was interesting that at the hearing the judge asked the most pertinent question; “If what you state is true, that you were being threatened with death by a drug gang, why didn’t you seek help at Lima Airport rather than attempt to smuggle the cocaine?”
The court hearing took a little over an hour after which the judge ordered that both be remanded in custody until a trial can be set. Considering the slow pace of the Peruvian justice system this could take anything up to three years. Lawyers for the two girls appealed for bail which the judge denied.
According to some newspapers the pair looked glum when leaving the court; this is not surprising now that reality might have finally sunk in. It appears that whilst the press is reporting the facts they also appear to be vilifying Peru’s system of justice; we’re already beginning to hear the usual rhetoric of human rights abuses and so forth.
It appears that the press see their plight as some type of tragedy and of course they are right; but for all the wrong reasons.
The only tragedy here is the victims of drug abuse, which are peddled by the likes of these two who obviously felt they were way smarter than the system.
Now after being caught both are full of remorse and immediately start laying the blame on some fictitious gang who have yet to be named and who haven’t yet been identified; as the judge said this gang is supposedly in Spain so why didn’t they simply ask the Peruvian authorities for help.
The case is similar to that of Lindsay Sandiford, a 56 year old grandmother, who was caught trying to smuggle £1.6 million of cocaine into Indonesia. Sandiford is now currently sitting on Death Row appealing her sentence and she is most upset that the British Government hasn’t come to her aid.
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As with Sandiford, both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly, simply appear to be playing the blame game and the sympathy card.
I have to be honest there are only two sets of people I really feel sorry for here; one is for their parents and the other is for the victims that would have suffered if they had been successful.
Maybe a gang is involved but it might be that these two were approached after certain drug dealers were supplying them with drug and knowing they needed money. Sure, I could speculate all day and no doubt my readers wouldn’t be too impressed but how much of what the international press has published is little more than speculation?; a good 65 per cent of it I would suggest and that would probably be on the conservative side.
The image above is a typical Peruvian prison cell where Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly will spend their time before trial. I have to say it doesn’t look overly inviting; unlike the prison cells here in the UK where prisoners are afforded all manner of luxuries so that we don’t violate their human rights.
You’re probably thinking that I’m being overly harsh but the truth is that both these girls had a choice and if both were truly victims of a drugs gang then the sensible option would have been to go to the authorities in Peru and ask for assistance. Another option could have been that of going to the British Embassy for some type of assistance; although the outcome of that would have been advice to go to the local authorities.
In my view Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly took the decision to attempt to smuggle the drugs out of the country; whether this was due to the fear for their own lives or with the remit of making money as drug mules is quite frankly irrelevant.
They are now where they should be; behind bars. It’s likely, considering the evidence that they will be convicted and could spend the next 20 years in prison; of course this might be a more favourable prospect than what faces Lindsay Sandiford.
I simply cannot muster up any sympathy here; I would like to but my mind simply keeps going back to the issue of the damage drugs do in society and these two appeared willing to add to that misery; for selfish means, in either to protect themselves, which they could of done something about, or to make money off the backs of other people’s misery.
The only real option now is for Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly to help their case by singing like canaries in order to bring the alleged ‘drugs gang’ to light by providing the authorities with full details for who they are and what they look like; if of course they actually exist.