Harsh Consequences for Drugs Smugglers

James Brokenshire has warned of the severe consequnces of smuggling drugs during a visit to Sarita Colonia jail in Peru. The Minister for Crime Prevention spoke with UK citizens convicted for drugs offences about their experiences and saw for himself the harsh conditions in the prison. They included one prisoner who is serving six years and eight months for trafficking cocaine.

"The liability that you will be caught is very, very high," James said.  "The prisoners said to me that they'd like to get that message back so that through their experiences people won't make the choices and the mistakes that they've made, because being here is no easy ride."

James also spoke of the need for a coordinated response between Peru and the UK to tackle a shared problem.  "The drugs trade is a major threat to both our countries. Only by working together can we overcome it", he said.