'I'll slice her throat' - drug dealer's threat to mule Michaella
A cocaine dealer has threatened to "slice the throat" of drug mule Michaella McCollum unless she returns money owed after she was caught smuggling in Peru, it has been claimed.
The terrifying messages were sent to a friend of the Northern Irish former model (24) via social media earlier this year.
The sender threatened to "slice her throat" and demanded cash for the "11kg of pure" she was caught with at Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport in 2013.
The messages were sent from an anonymous social media account to McCollum's friend Kaouthar Essafi over Instagram.
"I'm gonna kill her ... and that's on my mother's life, I am gonna slice her throat. I just want my money ... 11kg of pure we are talking about here. This ain't no small change ... she is trying to make a media career out of us. And I want it back or she's dead," the messages read.
They emerged after McCollum was photographed enjoying her freedom on a Spanish beach earlier this year and was reported to have been working on a TV crime documentary.
However, Dutch woman Essafi, who served time with McCollum in Ancon II prison and lived with her in Lima following her release, claimed police were not able to further the matter, reportedly describing it as "nothing serious".
"Michaella went to them and it was no help at all," Essafi told the Sunday World.
In 2013, McCollum and her Scottish friend Melissa Reid were sentenced to six years and eight months in prison but were released a year ago after serving less than half the sentence.
The pair, who were both living and working in Ibiza before their arrest, both claimed to have been kidnapped from the party hotspot and forced at gunpoint to carry the drugs.
But they eventually admitted to smuggling the drugs and police believe they were going to be paid around €5,700.
According to a Peruvian drugs chief, McCollum agreed to take part in the deal after being approached by a low level dealer in a bar. Police were never able to identify the members of the drug cartel behind the stash seized from the pair.