Police in Lima claimed last night that Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum Connolly had confessed their guilt.
The pair, who face lengthy sentences, have yet to be formally quizzed because officers have not been supplied with an English-speaking translator.
But Major Manuel Siclla, who heads the investigation, said: ‘They have admitted it informally to me and officers at the airport who arrested them.
'They are okay but are obviously worried about their families and what the future holds for them.
‘Like anyone else involved in drugs smuggling, they will be tried and face long prison sentences if convicted. We take this problem very seriously in Peru and courts are very strict about enforcing the law.’
Former shop worker Miss Reid, 19, from Lenzie near Glasgow, and dancer Miss McCollum Connolly, 20, from Dungannon, County Tyrone, were arrested last Tuesday morning as they prepared to board an Air Europa flight from Lima to Madrid before taking a second plane to their final destination in Majorca.
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