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Drugs mule Michaella McCollum gives birth to twins

CO TYRONE drugs mule Michaella McCollum has given birth to twins.

The 24-year-old, from Dungannon, posted a short video on Instagram with her newborn children snuggled against her chest.

Michaella wrote that they were born 1 week ago meaning she gave birth on May 8. She said: "My little darlings, 1 week today."

The gender of the children is not revealed by McCollum but one person congratulated her on the birth of two girls in a comment below her post.

 

My little darlings, 1 week today ??

A post shared by Michaella (@michaella_mccollum) on

McCollum was caught trying to smuggle 24lb (11kg) of cocaine worth £1.5 million out of Peru with accomplice Melissa Reid in 2013.

The pair, nicknamed the Peru Two, were jailed for six years and eight months after admitting the crime, but were freed in 2016 after striking a deal with Peruvian authorities.

McCollum, from Dungannon, returned to Northern Ireland in August last year.

McCollum and Reid, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, travelled to Peru on August 15 2013, and were caught trying to leave the country with the Class A drug at Lima Airport two days later.

They faced the prospect of a maximum 15-year prison term but struck a behind-closed-doors plea bargain to secure the shorter sentence.

After their arrest the pair said they had been forced to carry the drugs under duress.

However, Reid told the Scottish Sun on her return how she travelled to South America to have a story to boast about to friends on the Ibiza party scene.

She was offered offered €5,000 (£4,100) to fly to Argentina, spend a few days sightseeing and return to Europe with a package in her luggage.

"My life will never be the same," she told the newspaper.

 

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