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The Peru Two – Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid – will see their story told in the new BBC documentary series. Titled High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule is recounting the true story of the criminal pair. But how many episodes are in the new series?
How many episodes are in the series?
High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule will be releasing tonight (July 5) on BBC One and will be available on BBC iPlayer the night before.
The series will be told over five 30 minutes episodes and recounts the true story of Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid who were arrested in Peru in 2013.
The series will conclude on July 14, with all five episodes being spread out through the two weeks of release.
The series synopsis reads: “Told in her own words, McCollum recounts the extraordinary story of how she became infamous worldwide as one half of the Peru Two.
“From how she was recruited as a cartel drugs mule and came to be arrested, tried, and jailed in one of the most notorious maximum-security prisons in Peru, to the even more extraordinary story of how she got herself out again.”
The pair got the nickname the Peru Two following their arrest in the country.
At just 20 years old when caught, the two young girls became infamous for their criminal activities.
When they were caught in at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru, they were found to be in possession of 11kg of cocaine in their luggage.
The five-part documentary series is based on Michaella’s memoirs which were recently re-released under the title High to coincide with the release of the show.
The Irish-born drug smuggler was high on drugs when she agreed to become a smuggler.
She believed that the pair only had to go on a trip from Ibiza to Barcelona, however, the extent of the activities soon escalated beyond one trip.
In the memoir, Michaella detailed her state of mind when she agreed to take part in the operation.
She wrote: “I’d taken so much of all of them during the five weeks I’d been there that I honestly didn’t see the problem.
“We were in that Ibizan bubble. In my addled logic, everyone I knew took drugs and they had to get them from somewhere.
During the night Michaella met a man named Davey who persuaded her to smuggle the drugs, however, at this point she was already high.
She added in the memoir: “As the party wore on, I got more and more drawn into the hedonistic mood of the day. Everyone was high and, just to make things even more animated, I was persuaded by a group of friends to drop some acid.
“At one point I could have sworn one of the club staff was a train conductor trying to show me to my seat. Another time, I was seeing Disney characters everywhere.
“Basically, of all the drugs, acid is not the one to be on when there are decisions to be made.
“By the time Davey caught up with me later, I might as well have been in outer space.”
The original title of Michaella’s memoir was You’ll Never See Daylight Again.
In 2016, both girls were freed from their Peruvian jail and allowed to return to the UK.
The Peru Two starts on BBC One on July 5 and will be on BBC iPlayer on July 4
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