History of Peru Two drug mules explained in new BBC TV documentary
A new TV show will provide a detailed account of how drug mules Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum attempted to smuggle £ 1.5million worth of cocaine into Spain in 2013.
Melissa, from Lenzie, East Dumbartonshire, made headlines around the world alongside Michaella McCollum from Dungannon in Northern Ireland, when they were sentenced to almost seven years in prison.
Michaella will explain how they ended up in one of the most notorious prisons in the world after trying to squeeze 11 kg of cocaine out of Peru’s capital, Lima.
Audiences will be on a five-part journey of the BBC documentary series High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule, where Michaella will describe how she passed from her first vacation in a foreign country to meeting Melissa and being imprisoned, reports the Sun.
Explaining the new series which will begin on July 3, the BBC said: “The series has unique access to Michaella, her family and friends as well as others closely connected to the case and with a range of perspectives. on the drug trade.
“It reveals how a girl from a small town in rural Northern Ireland who didn’t even know where Peru was, let alone a word of Spanish, embarked on one of the most crimes risky imaginable – and failed – to climb the ranks of one of the world’s most notorious prisons before being released on probation after serving three years.
The couple, also known as Peru Two, first met in Spain in 2013 where they claim to have been recruited by an armed drug gang.
However, they were later found with 11kg of cocaine at Jorge Chavez International Airport following a failed smuggling operation by men they met in Ibiza who allegedly promised them between £ 4,000 and £ 5,000.
The couple were assaulted abroad for six years and eight months, but served less than half of their sentence before a judge deported them in 2016.
After returning to Scotland, Reid confessed that she was in a “downward spiral” of ecstasy, cocaine and ketamine in Spain.
The Scotswoman wanted to be involved in the smuggling plot for a payment of £ 4,000 so that she could rejoice afterwards.
She said, “I made a conscious decision to do it and no one forced me. I did a horrible thing and paid the price for it.
The year after her release, The Sun reported that Melissa began working with Citizens Advice in an effort to transform her life.
Since their release from prison, Melissa has escaped the limelight, but Michaella, meanwhile, has appeared on television several times and published a book.
The mother of two mentioned her Scottish friend in her autobiography.
She recounted how her “real friend” Melissa was full of “badass braves”.
Michaella said: “I have often wondered how life would have been without you. If I hadn’t had you all these times, I was falling.
“When I needed to cry, you were there. When I felt I couldn’t do it anymore, you took me.
“You’ve been there for me for so long. It’s a scary thought to do all of this without you.
“Thank you for being a part of this journey and showing me what true friendship is.
“Thank you to the Reid family for showing me love and support during this difficult time as well.
“When I didn’t have my family there, you were the closest thing I had. Thank you so much for everything.”
Melissa is not in the documentary but an actor portrays her for some reenactments.
Watch all five episodes of High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule on BBC Three starting July 3