PERU DRUGS MULE TO PLEAD GUILTY – In an interview with the Mail on Sunday one of the two girls, Melissa Reid, intends to plead guilty to the charges of drugs smuggling.
Her guilty plea is part of a plea bargain with her lawyers and the prosecution in which could result in her sentence being significantly reduced from 25 years to less than 9 years.
If the plea bargain is accepted by the prosecution then Melissa Reid will have her sentence reduced for time served plus a possible reduction for good behaviour. All in all Melissa Reid could end up serving just 2.5 years for her role in attempting to smuggle £1.5 million worth of cocaine from Peru to Spain.
Her counterpart in the crime is that of Michaella McCollum Connolly and it has been hinted by her lawyers that she could follow suit.
Both girls still maintain they were forced by an armed gang to mule the drugs through Lima International Airport on August 6.
According to the girls they were working in the bars of Ibiza when they were approached by a British drug gang. The girls allege that they were forced into taking the drugs after the drugs gang threatened them and their family members with their lives.
Both girls have maintain this version of events since being caught although some, including their parents, are finding the details of their stories more than a little questionable.
According to the Mail on Sunday report the prosecutors have agreed to drop the claims that the girls were in fact paid to smuggle the drugs. It is perceived that this will go some way into persuading prosecutors to strike a deal if the girls pleaded guilty to the charge of drugs smuggling.
In return for the prosecutions consideration Melissa Reid has agree not to use kidnapping as her line of defence. She and Michaella McCollum Connolly originally stated that they were kidnapped at gun point and forced into the drugs smuggling operation; a story many find is flawed.
Lima’s notorious Virgen de Fatima prison is not something either of the girls wants to spend time in and a plea bargain at this time could also see both girls being allowed to serve out their sentence in the UK. It is possible that they would have to serve some time in Peru but this could amount to less than two years.