Brit drugs arrest pair ‘threatened’
TWO women held over suspected drug trafficking in Peru claim they were forced to act at gunpoint by Colombian gangsters.
A churchman who visited the pair in a police holding centre in Lima said Michaella McCollum Connolly, 20, and Melissa Reid, 19, had to follow orders.
Sean Walsh, an IrishAmerican archbishop, said: “There were a group of Colombians that took them at gunpoint and threatened them.”
The Archbishop said the women were held for a while by the gang before being taken to Morocco and back again to Peru.
“I don’t know how that happened, and I don’t know how they got over to Peru,” he said.
“There’s no direct flight from Morocco, they go through Spain probably, but if they threatened them in some way that to me seems like a credible defence.”
The two women are due to appear in court today accused of attempting to smuggle an estimated £1.5 million worth of cocaine out of South America.