Peru drug arrest pair 'not officially questioned yet'
on 14/08/2013 22:52:39
The police officer in charge of the case said the women should be questioned in the next few days when a translator can be located.
Michaella McCollum Connolly, 20, and Melissa Reid, 19, were among 11 foreigners who were arrested on drugs-smuggling charges and being held at the counterdrug police lock-up in the capital Lima.
The police officer said the two women were calm "and being treated better than we are".
He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to publicly discuss the case.
They women were arrested on August 6 as they were about to board a flight for Madrid.
In Peru, investigations take 15 days before a decision is made about whether to file charges.
If charged, Connolly and Reid would be transferred to the Santa Monica women's prison where foreigners are held.
Peru's penal authority said 1,648 foreigners are currently in its prison on drug-trafficking charges.
The police officer said so-called "drug mules" caught smuggling relatively small amounts of cocaine usually receive eight-year prison sentences, but that six years is typical for those who plead guilty.
With good behaviour, a convicted drug mule can be out of prison in two years.