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The smile that says ‘I’m free’: ‘Peru Two’ drug mule Melissa Reid beams with delight at the airport as she heads back to the UK after spending three years in jail for smuggling £1.5m of cocaine

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 The smile that says ‘I’m free’: ‘Peru Two’ drug mule Melissa Reid beams with delight at the airport as she heads back to the UK after spending three years in jail for smuggling £1.5m of cocaine
  • Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum were jailed for trying to smuggle £1.5m of cocaine from Peru to Spain in 2013
  • Reid, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, was released from prison on Tuesday and is on her way back to Britain
  • She was met at Lima international airport by her father Billy and was escorted to the gate by a team of officials
  • Pair are flying to Glasgow via Amsterdam and London – and it is believed Melissa will land in the UK a free woman
  • McCollum, 23, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was released from prison in March but must remain in Peru on parole

British drug mule Melissa Reid is on her way back to the UK after three years in a Peruvian prison.

Reid, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, was escorted by police through Lima international airport on Tuesday evening, hours after being released from jail. Walking just a few feet away was her devoted father Billy, who has spent the last three years doggedly campaigning for his daughter’s return.

Reid remained silent as she was taken to the gate but smiled when asked how it felt to finally be heading home. The Reids are flying back to Glasgow via Amsterdam and London. It is understood Melissa, 22, will land in the UK as a free woman.

Reid was jailed alongside Michaella McCollum, 23, after they were caught trying to smuggle £1.5 million of cocaine from Peru to Spain in 2013. McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was released from prison in March but was required to remain in Peru on parole.

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Heading home: Drug mule Melissa Reid, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, was escorted by police through Lima  airport on Tuesday

Heading home: Drug mule Melissa Reid, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, was escorted by police through Lima airport on Tuesday

Support: The 22-year-old was met at the airport by her devoted father Billy, pictured right, who has campaigned for his daughter's return

Support: The 22-year-old was met at the airport by her devoted father Billy, pictured right, who has campaigned for his daughter’s return

Journey back: Billy and Melissa Reid are pictured making their way to the gate, where they boarded a long-haul flight to Amsterdam

Journey back: Billy and Melissa Reid are pictured making their way to the gate, where they boarded a long-haul flight to Amsterdam

The 'Peru Two': Melissa Reid, right, was jailed alongside Michaella McCollum, left, after they were caught trying to smuggle £1.5 million of cocaine from Peru to Spain. McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was freed in March but was required to remain in Peru on parole

The ‘Peru Two’: Melissa Reid, right, was jailed alongside Michaella McCollum, left, after they were caught trying to smuggle £1.5 million of cocaine from Peru to Spain. McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was freed in March but was required to remain in Peru on parole

Billy Reid looked solemn as he met his daughter at the check-in counter at Jorge Chavez International airport on Tuesday evening. Melissa arrived at the crowded airport in a prison van from Ancon II jail, north of Lima, where she served the majority of her sentence.

On Tuesday night a Peruvian Prison Service spokesman said: ‘I can confirm Melissa has been released from prison and will leave Peru today. She should be at Lima Airport Now. I don’t have details of her flight arrangements.’

Reid and McCollum – dubbed the ‘Peru Two’ – were caught in August 2013 as they tried to board an Air Europe flight to Majorca via Madrid with 24lb (11kg) of cocaine hidden in food packets packed in their luggage.

Reid was surrounded by a handful of Peruvian officials as she was pulled by the hand through the airport ahead of her flight home

Reid was surrounded by a handful of Peruvian officials as she was pulled by the hand through the airport ahead of her flight home

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