Brit drugs ar­rest pair ‘threat­ened’

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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.

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