Jailed drugs mule could be set for return to Scotland

Billy-Reid-Michaella-McCollumThe 20-year-old, from Lenzie, may return home in the coming months after it emerged the Scottish Prison Service is considering a repatriation application from Lima authorities.

Reid pleaded guilty to drug smuggling along with Michaella McCollum from Co Tyrone in September. Both were jailed for six years and eight months.

The pair were working on Ibiza last summer when they claim they were forced to board a flight with 24lb of cocaine, worth £1.5million in food packets hidden inside their luggage. They were caught at Lima airport on August 6.

Reid’s father said he has met with Scotland’s justice secretary Kenny MacAskill and is hopeful that his daughter will serve the rest of her sentence closer to home. It is understood in most cases prisoner transfer applications are approved.

Billy Reid, 54, said: “I had a very positive meeting with Kenny MacAskill and he reassured me that Scotland has no issue (with) accepting Melissa back to serve her sentence here.


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