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Drugs mule Melissa Reid released from prison in Peru

The Scottish woman is on the way back to the UK.

Melissa Reid walks next to her father William Reid before boarding a flight in Lima, Peru, yesterday.
Melissa Reid walks next to her father William Reid before boarding a flight in Lima, Peru, yesterday.
Image: Martin Mejia/AP/Press Association Images

MELISSA REID HAS been released from prison in Peru and is flying back to the UK.

The Scottish woman had been in prison since 2013 after being convicted of trafficking cocaine.

Reid (22) from Lenzie, near Glasgow, was arrested in August 2013 at Lima’s international airport along with Michaella McCollum from Co Tyrone.

Both women had large quantities of cocaine in their luggage that they were trying to smuggle out of the country, according to authorities.

A court in Lima approved her expulsion from Peru last month.

She had served about a third of her six-and-a-half year prison sentence, according to a press release issued by the court, which said she also had to pay a fine equivalent to about $3,000 (€2,650).

BBC News reports that she arrived at Lima airport yesterday evening with her father William and British embassy staff.

McCollum (23) was released at the end of March under parole conditions that mean she has to remain in Peru for an undisclosed period of time.

Contains reporting from © AFP 2016

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