Aug. 16 - The father of one of two women held on suspicion of drug smuggling in Peru has vowed to bring his daughter home. Tom Dinham reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NONE* Anxious father William Reid visits his daugher Melissa in a Peru jail. Melissa Reid from Scotland - who turns 20 today - and 20 year-old Michaella McCollum Connolly from Belfast are being held in Lima for allegedly attempting to smuggle over two million dollars worth of cocaine to Spain from the Andean nation. Officials said the two women were trying to board a flight from Lima to Madrid on Tuesday when airport officials discovered almost 12 kilos of cocaine hidden inside food packages in their luggage. Chief investigator Tito Perez explains the women face up to eight years for trafficking. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) POLICE COLONEL IN CHARGE OF INVESTIGATION INTO MICHAELLA MCCOLLUM CONNOLLY AND MELISSA REID, TITO PEREZ, SAYING : "According to our legal system, it's eight years for smuggling when using a human courier. If they co-operate with police, the penalty could be reduced." British newspapers reported the women could even face a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail. The women reportedly claimed they were forced to carry the bags in their luggage by a group of Colombians who threatened them.