Family's relief as drugs mule Melissa Reid to be released

The father of convicted drugs mule Melissa Reid has spoken of the family's relief and delight after authorities agreed to release her from jail in Peru and expel her from the country.

Drugs mule Melissa Reid, from Lenzie near Glasgow.

Billy Reid said their “prayers had been answered” following the court ruling.

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He expressed his belief that his 22-year-old daughter could become an asset and a credit to her family when she returns to the UK.

Reid, from Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire, and Michaella McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, were jailed in 2013 for six years and eight months after admitting trying to smuggle cocaine worth £1.5 million from Peru to Spain.

McCollum, 23, was freed in March under new legislation.