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Girls are targeted as drug mules in the UK as well as abroad

A familiar cautionary tale has loomed large in media headlines this month: two young women arrested at an airport with drugs in their luggage. Girls are told "make sure you check your bags at airports" and "don't trust people you might meet on your travels". But these warnings miss out two other …

Alleged drug smuggling girls to be charged in Peru today

Two women accused of smuggling €1.75m worth of cocaine out of Peru are expected to be charged later.<p>Michaella McCollum, from Dungannon, and Melissa …

Ibiza's Drug Smuggling Secret - BounceSIN - The Student Lifestyle Community

Ibiza's Drug Smuggling Secret Featured<p>Written by Emma Phimister<p>font size<br>• Print<br>• Email<p>Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid as they were …

Peru British Drug Mule:Friends face to smuggling charge

Two British women accused of smuggling £1.5m worth of cocaine out of Peru are expected to be charged later.<p>Two British women accused of smuggling …

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Lindsay Sandiford: Bali court upholds death sentence for smuggling cocaine

A British woman convicted of smuggling £1.6m of cocaine into Bali will be executed, an Indonesian court has said, despite appeals for her life to be saved. A Bali high court spokesman announced on Monday that it had rejected an appeal from Lindsay June Sandiford, 56.<p>She was arrested for drug …

Northern Irish man jailed for 14 years in Athens for drugs smuggling

A Northern Irish lorry driver is starting a 14-year prison sentence in a Greek jail for his part in a £1m herbal cannabis-smuggling operation.<p>Andrew Doherty, from Sion Mills, County Tyrone, was arrested in November 2011 as part of a police operation involving the Police Service of Northern Ireland, …

Indonesia frees British woman convicted of drug smuggling

A British woman who has spent a year in an Indonesian prison in connection with a £1.6m drug smuggling case has returned to the UK after being deported and is heading home to her family, ITV has reported.<p>Rachel Dougall, 38, was arrested in May last year over allegations she was part of a drugs …

Head of drugs smuggling ring jailed for 18 years

The leader of a drugs empire that imported almost £110m worth of cocaine and cannabis into the UK has been jailed for 18 years.<p>Philip Baron, 58, was the kingpin in an international cartel that smuggled cocaine from South America to Spain and then to the UK.<p>He imported two shipments of cocaine …

Father of Peru drug-smuggling suspect vows to bring her home

The father of one of two women held on suspicion of drug-smuggling in Peru has vowed to bring his daughter home.<p>William Reid flew to the capital, Lima, to support daughter Melissa, and told her during an emotional reunion to "be strong".<p>Melissa Reid, from Scotland, who was 20 on Friday, and …

Peru drug arrests: Spanish police cast doubt on British and Irish women's claims

Spanish police have cast doubt on claims by two women from Ireland and Scotland arrested in Peru for cocaine smuggling that they were forced to carry the drugs by armed gang members.<p>Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly said they were forced at gunpoint to make the journey from the Spanish …

Peru to charge British and Irish women with drug trafficking

Public prosecutors in Lima have announced that they will formally charge Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid with drug trafficking on Monday or Tuesday next week.<p>They will then spend several months in custody – probably in the heavily overcrowded Santa Monica women's prison – before appearing …

Peru drug smuggling case: Connolly to plead not guilty

An Irishwoman arrested on suspicion of drug-smuggling in Peru will plead not guilty if charged, her solicitor has said.<p>As he left Belfast for Lima, lawyer Peter Madden confirmed that Michaella McCollum Connolly, 20, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, would deny any allegations but warned that legal …

Drug smuggling: folly of youth or the most heinous crime?

Sandra Gregory served four years, four months and four days in a Thai jail, and then three more years in the UK, before receiving a pardon from the King of Thailand for smuggling heroin. Following the arrests in Lima of Melissa Reid, 19, from Scotland, and Michaella McCollum, 20, from Ireland, …