Drugs mule Michaella McCollum could be home for Christmas

Michaella McCollum
Michaella McCollum

Drugs mule Michaella McCollum, who has been locked up in a Peruvian prison since she was caught trafficking cocaine in 2013, could be back in Ireland as early as next month.

The Irish Daily Star reports that the Co. Tyrone woman has applied to be released under new Peruvian laws which allow foreign inmates to walk free after serving just a third of their sentences.

If approved the 23-year-old, and her fellow trafficker Melissa Reid, could be making their way home.

Local reports claim that three foreign inmates have been released so far. 

Earlier this year the Irishwoman’s repatriation to the North's Hydebank prison was given the green light by the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS).

Her return was then delayed when Peruvian officials failed to rubber-stamp the documents necessary to facilitate the transfer.

The two women were arrested at Lima airport in August 2013 and found to have been carrying 24lbs of cocaine, destined for Madrid.

Both women are being detained at Ancon 2 prison on the outskirts of Lima.