Woman to admit Peru drug charge

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A young British woman who was charged with trying to smuggle cocaine out of Peru will plead guilty to get a reduced sentence, according to Britain’s Mail on Sunday.

Melissa Reid, from Glasgow, Scotland, was arrested with her friend Michaella McCollum Connolly, of Dungannon in Northern Ireland, last month after being caught allegedly attempting to sneak out a total of 11 kg of the drug. If convicted the women face between eight to 15 years in prison. Reid, 20, maintains that gangsters had forced her to carry the drugs, but told the newspaper she would be pleading guilty.

According to the newspaper, the guilty plea could see Reid’s sentence cut to six years and eight months.