Aug.13 - European women held in Peru on suspicion of trying to smuggle cocaine worth more than $2 million out of the country. Paul Chapman reports.
Briton Melissa Reid and Belfast resident Michaella McCollum Connolly are being held in Peru on suspicion of trying to smuggle drugs out of the country. Police say cocaine worth more than two million dollars was found in their bags. Police video shows 19-year-old Reid saying she didn't know what she was carrying. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MELISSA REID SAYING: "I was forced to take these bags in my luggage." (POLICE QUESTIONER ASKING IF SHE KNEW THEY CONTAINED DRUGS) "I did not know that." Officials say the pair were en route to Madrid and Majorca on August 6th when airport staff discovered nearly 12 kilos of cocaine in their luggage. Media reports say they'd travelled to Peru from Ibiza where they'd been working summer jobs. The women are currently being held at a jail in Lima. If convicted they face prison terms of up to 25 years.