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Europeans held over Peru drugs find

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 00:35

Aug.13 - Two European women held in Peru on suspicion of trying to smuggle cocaine worth more than $2 million out of the country. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Authorities in Peru have arrested a British teenager and her friend who gave her nationality as Irish for allegedly trying to smuggle over two million dollars worth of cocaine to Spain, local media reported. According to officials, British citizen Melissa Reid, 19, and Belfast resident Michaella McCollum Connolly, 20, were en route to Madrid and Majorca on Tuesday (August 06) when airport officials discovered almost 12 kilos (26 lbs) of cocaine hidden inside food packages in their luggage. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $2.3 million. According to media reports, the women had travelled to Peru from Ibiza where they had been working summer jobs. Police video showed them being questioned and Reid said she was not aware she was carrying drugs. She said she had been forced to take the bags in her luggage and that she did not know they contained drugs. Embassy officials in Northern Ireland and Britain have reportedly been in contact with Peruvian authorities to offer consular assistance to the suspects who are currently being held in a Lima prison. If found guilty, the European citizens could receive up to 25 years in prison. Peru ranks among Colombia and Bolivia as one of the world's largest producers of cocaine

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Europeans held over Peru drugs find

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 00:35