Ex-drugs mule McCol­lum gives birth to twins

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FOR­MER drugs smug­gler Michaella McCol­lum has given birth to twins.

The Dun­gan­non woman an­nounced her preg­nancy via In­sta­gram in Jan­u­ary.

In a new video shot from her hospi­tal bed, she con­firms the births but not the sex of the new­borns.

The short clip, cap­tioned “my lit­tle dar­lings, one week to­day”, shows the ba­bies rest­ing on the new mum’s chest.

McCol­lum has not re­vealed the iden­tity of fa­ther.

When she an­nounced the news of her preg­nancy, McCol­lum wrote on­line: “Wow had some crazy dreams...guess that’s what hap­pens when you’re dream­ing for more than one.”

She and Scot­tish woman Melissa Reid were dubbed the ‘Peru Two’ in Au­gust 2013 af­ter they were caught try­ing to smug­gle 11kg of co­caine worth £1.5m out of the South Amer­i­can coun­try.

They were ar­rested as they at­tempted to smug­gle the trans­port in their suit­cases.

The pair ini­tially de­nied know­ing the lug­gage con­tained drugs and claimed that they had been kid­napped and forced to be­come drug run­ners.

They later came clean and were jailed for six years and eight months, but were freed in 2016 af­ter striking a deal with Peru­vian au­thor­i­ties.

Since her re­lease last year, im­ages have emerged of McCol­lum on Eu­ro­pean beaches, in­clud­ing in Mar­bella and Ibiza, paid for by show­biz agen­cies.

She has also signed up to a Dubai-based man­age­ment com­pany that has celebri­ties on its books.

While McCol­lum has em­braced the lime­light since her re­lease, her for­mer part­ner in crime, Reid, has kept a much lower pro­file and now works in a Cit­i­zen’s Ad­vice Bureau in Glas­gow.

Michaella McCol­lum cradling her new­born twins and (in­set, be­low) the Co Ty­rone woman shortly af­ter her re­lease from prison in Peru

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