DRUG mule Michaella McCollum Connolly is to be transferred to from Peru to a Northern Ireland jail.
The 21-year-old’s repatriation request has been agreed between Peruvian and British authorities.
The Co Tyrone cocaine smuggler could be back in Northern Ireland before Christmas.
She will serve out the remainder of her sentence with a gang of female murderers at the woman’s prison at Hydebank Wood in south Belfast.
Connolly, from Dungannon, and Melissa Reid from Scotland, both 20, were arrested attempting to board a flight to Spain in August 2013.
They were accused of having 11kg of illegal drugs – worth £1.5m – in their luggage.
Last December they were both sentenced to six years and eight months in jail for attempting to smuggle the drugs out of the South American country.
They had both denied the allegations, claiming they were forced at gunpoint to make the journey from the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza, where they had been working in bars, after being befriended by a man from London.
But Peruvian detectives never believed their story and were adamant the pair were willing participants in a cocaine smuggling plot hatched at a Northern Ireland nightclub.