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Peru drug accused 'forced to be mule'

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 01:02

Aug. 17 - The lawyer for one of two British women being held on drug smuggling charges in Peru says his client was forced to carry the drugs at gun point. Julie Noce reports.

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A lawyer for one of two young British women being held in Peru on drug smuggling charges says his client was forced at gunpoint into becoming a drug mule. SOUNDBITE) (English) LAWYER FOR DEFENDANT MICHAELLA MCCOLLUM CONNOLLY, PETER MADDEN, SAYING: "She was in fact kidnapped, held at gunpoint and forced by threat to...obtain and carry drugs back to Lima. She wasn't offered any money, she was threatened and held." 20-year old Michaella McCollum and 19 year old Melissa Reid were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle over two million dollars worth of cocaine into Spain from Peru. Officials said the women were en route to Madrid when airport officials discovered the drugs hidden inside food packages in their luggage. The women have said they were forced to carry the items in their luggage and didn't know they contained drugs. Embassy officials have been in contact with Peruvian authorities to offer assistance to the women.

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Peru drug accused 'forced to be mule'

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 01:02