Michaela McCollum and Melissa Reid plead guilty to drug smuggling charges in Peru
British and Irish citizen both made pleas in hopes of receiving more lenient sentences
Two women have pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle £1.5 million worth of cocaine out of Peru.
Sources inside the capital said Michaella McCollum, of Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland and Melissa Reid, near Glasgow, made the plea when they appeared before a judge in the port town of Callao, near the capital Lima.
It is understood that the women, both 20, claimed full responsibility for the drug trafficking.
They were apprehended last month by police and sniffer dogs at Lima airport, where 11kg of Cocaine worth £1.5m was found in their luggage disguised as food.
A court official in Callao said: “They will automatically have a sixth off from the minimum jail sentence of eight years and will be sentenced to six years and eight months in prison.
”The official sentencing will take place on October 1 at a new hearing.“
Speaking outside the court in Lima, the pair's lawyer Meyer Fishman said he could not comment until the young women were sentenced.
Both women, who had been working on the Spanish party island of Ibiza this summer, previously claimed they were coerced into carrying the drugs by Colombian drug lords who kidnapped them at gunpoint.
Since their arrest on 6 August, they have been detained at the notorious Virgen de Fatima prison in Lima. Court officials now suggest that they may be transferred to the Santa Monica women's jail.
Their guilty pleas came on the same day that the UN declared that Peru has now overtaken Colombia as the world's number one coca leaf producer.
In Peru, sentences below seven years entitle offenders to a potentially reduced term. Last week, however, prosecutors warned that the two women may face six years without parole, even after pleading guilty.
Peru has more foreigners - 1,648 - in jail for drug trafficking offences than any other South American country.
A sentence is expected on 1 October.
- 1 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 2 Vivienne Westwood says 'Yes' to Scottish Independence by declaring: 'I hate England'
- 3 Welcome to Cameroon, where drinking Baileys can lead to imprisonment
- 4 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 5 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
£400000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Energy Markets An...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Plus excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions...
£22000 - £23000 per annum: Randstad Education Bristol: We are currently recrui...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...