PERU DRUG MULES OFFERED DEAL IF THEY ASSIST POLICE IN BUSTING DRUGS GANG – Drug mules Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly have continuously maintained that they were forced, under the threat of death, to smuggle cocaine out of Peru and into Spain.
After pleading guilty to the charges last week which could now seen them imprisoned for up to 7 years each, without the possibility of early parole under new Peruvian Government legislation, the couple have been offered a further deal.
Peruvian authorities are prepared to cut Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly a deal that could see them returned to Britain before Christmas. The deal is to help the authorities track down and arrest those who Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly said forced them into becoming drugs mules.
This in effect now almost forces Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly to prove that they were indeed coerced – a move that is seen as a shrewd way for the authorities finally find out if the girls are in fact telling the truth.
According to reports Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly are now faced with the possibility of up to 15 years behind bars if they refuse to co-operate with authorities – it appears that if their allegations of a gang are true then there would be no reason to refuse in assisting the authorities.
Last night Melissa Reid made a tearful phone call to her mother; telling her she was so confused and was unsure of what to do.
It could be contrived that helping the authorities could put the girl’s lives at risk from the gang; however the other opinion appears to be that now we will find out if their allegations are fact or fabrication.
The authorities have warned both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly that a citation document does contain damning evidence; including phone calls, text messages, money transfers and photographs – all of which do nothing to support their claim of coercion by a so-called armed Colombian mafia group that the girl’s maintained kidnapped them in Ibiza.
The Peruvian authorities has now laid their cards on the table and asked Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly to tell the truth over whether they fabricated the story or come up with intelligence that will help bring the gang to trail – if they do co-operate they could well see daylight within two months.
Prosecutor Dr Juan Mendoza Abarca, head of the state attorney’s anti-drugs united stated that Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly now hold their fate in their own hands and now is the time for the real truth to come out; it is also their last chance to avoid a very lengthy prison sentence.