MISSING BELFAST WOMAN ARRESTED IN PERU ON COCAINE TRAFFICKING CHARGES

Missing Michaella McCollum Connolly has been traced to Peru where she is held on drug traffkcking charges

Missing Michaella McCollum Connolly has been traced to Peru where she is held on drug traffkcking charges

A BELFAST woman missing from Ibiza for almost two weeks has been arrested in Peru on suspicion of Class A drug trafficking.

Michaella McCollum Connolly who had moved to Ibiza from Belfast was reported missing last week after her family had not heard from her for about 12 days.

Now the 20-year-old has been finally traced to the other side of the world – allegedly caught with almost 6 kilos of cocaine.

Irish embassy officials are providing consular assistance to her family after she was found alive.

On its website, Peru’s National Police Force announced that Ms McCollum Connolly and a 19-year-old British national Melissa Reid had been arrested by drug enforcement officers at Lima’s international airport on Tuesday.

The two are reported to have been intending to board a flight to Madrid.

It is alleged that nearly 5.8 kg of cocaine was found in the luggage of Ms McCollum Connolly who holds an Irish passport.

A similar quantity is alleged to have been found in the British woman’s baggage.

Police say cocaine was found in food products in the bags.

The two women were arrested at an Air Europa counter in the airport.

Officers say the women had onward flights booked from Madrid to Palma in Majorca.

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