Peru court sentences UK women for drug smuggling


| Zoom

LIMA, Peru (AP) - A court in Peru has sentenced two British women to six years and eight months in prison each for trying to smuggle 24 pounds of cocaine to Spain in their luggage.

A lawyer for the women, Meyer Fishman, said Michaella McCollum of Northern Ireland and Melissa Reid of Scotland received the sentences Tuesday after taking advantage of an "early termination" process that brought reduced sentences in exchange for collaborating with authorities.

Prosecutors have said the women could have faced up to 15 years in prison.

Prosecutor Gustavo Carbajal said the court also ordered them to pay $3,500 in civil reparations.

The women were arrested on Aug. 6 at Lima's airport as they tried to board a flight for Madrid. McCollum was 20 and Reid 19 at the time.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Devastating
    The mother of an alleged high school rape victim speaks out

  • Tarnished Park
    Recent crimes have Dori worried about the state of one of his favorite Seattle parks

  • Endangered
    Some of the most beautiful animals in the world have been disappearing from Washington
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.