PERU DRUG SMUGGLERS KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING BUT MONEY DROVE THEM ON – An ex-boyfriend, and convicted fraudster, Shane Knowles, claims that he dated one of the two young women recently caught trying to smuggle drugs out of Lima Airport in Peru.
According to Knowles Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly knew exactly what they were doing and despite his advice not to go through with it they ignored him due to the amount of money they stood to make.
Knowles claims that he knew of the plot to smuggle the £1.5 million cocaine haul out of Peru and into Spain but sat pleading with both girls not to do such a stupid thing. Knowles claims that his advice was ignored resulting in both girls being arrested and charged with drugs smuggling.
At a recent court hearing the judge ordered both Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly to remain in custody until their trial; which could take up to 3 years before a trial date can be set and if found guilty they could both serve up to 15 years in a Peruvian prison.
Knowles, 37, claims to have dated Miss Reid during the summer in Ibize and has now spoken out after he own father stated that even he wasn’t completely convinced that the girls were telling the truth about the claims they made about being forced to act as drug mules.
The girls claim, and continue to remain adamant, that an armed Colombian drug gang kidnapped and forced them to carry the drugs. The girls maintain that the gang threatened their lives and those of their families if they didn’t comply.
Knowles however disputes their claims saying that both girls hung around shady characters often staying with people in luxury villas who had real money. The lifestyle basically went to their heads and despite many chances to just walk away their both agreed to go through with the drugs run in order to make money.
McCollum Connolly lawyer, Peter Madden, continues to stress to the press that both women were never offered money and that they only did what they did out of fear for their lives and that of their families.
Miss Reid’s father insists the girls should plead guilty due to the overwhelming evidence they were carrying drugs. It is unlikely without evidence of cohesion that a Peruvian judge will take their claims into account and therefore should simply plead guilty and hope for a lighter sentence.
Despite the conjecture and suspicions over this case it still remains a fact that the only two who really knows what went on are Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly.