GIVE US MR BIGS AND THEN GO HOME; LAWMAN'S OFFER TO PERU COKE MULES Scots Smuggler Melissa Could Be with Her Family by Christmas

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GIVE US MR BIGS AND THEN GO HOME; LAWMAN'S OFFER TO PERU COKE MULES Scots Smuggler Melissa Could Be with Her Family by Christmas


Byline: Gerard Couzens

Drug mule Melissa Reid could be free by Christmas - if she helps bring down the Mr Bigs who hired her.

Peruvian chief prosecutor Juan Mendoza Abarca has offered a deal to the Scot and her fellow smuggler Michaella McCollum.

It could see Reid return to her family in Lenzie, near Glasgow, within weeks.

But she and McCollum, from Northern Ireland, would have to provide every detail about the gangsters behind the PS1.5million cocaine haul they were found with.

Dr Abarca said: "There is a possibility these two women can be out of prison in around two months and never have to go back to jail.

"But they have to give us all the information they have - names, addresses, contact details and so on - so we can bring the drugs gang here in Peru and abroad to justice.

"The women's story about being kidnapped and forced to Peru at gunpoint is illogical.

"Our experience is that drug mules come to Peru from Europe of their own free will to make money.

"We believe Melissa and Michaella have the information we need to identify and capture the criminals behind them.

"There will be people in Peru, Spain and possibly the UK they were involved with who are still operating and sending drugs mules like Melissa and Michaella here.

"The women hold their own future in their hands. They have the option of collaborating with the state prosecution, helping us bring down this criminal organisation and tasting freedom again very quickly. Or they can say nothing and go to jail for a very long time. …

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