Netflix series featuring former cocaine mule Michaella McCollum branded ‘absolutely disgusting’ by drug worker


A NETFLIX series featuring former cocaine mule Michaella McCollum has been branded “absolutely disgusting” by a woman working on the front line of drug addiction.

Tracy Bell said her battles against the scourge of addiction include having helped the one-time jailbird’s ex-boyfriend, Dwayne Mullan.

She told us that the idea of Michaella making money as a result of her attempted smuggling adventure is “just shameful”.

Michaella, from Co Tyrone, hit the headlines nine years ago when she and Scottish pal Melissa Reid were nabbed boarding a flight at Peru’s Jorge Chávez International Airport.

Dubbed the Peru Two, the pair had €1.6million worth of cocaine stashed in their luggage.

Ex-dancer Michaella McCollum, from Dungannon, was banged up for a six-year stretch in the hellhole Ancon 2 prison. Yet she and her pal were freed on parole after just over two years and allowed to jet home.

At the weekend mum-of-two Michaella, 29, glammed up to celebrate landing the Netflix deal.

She posed in front of a cake branded with Netflix’s logo and said: “F***ing celebration cake! Netflix worldwide weekend.”

Her docu-series High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule — which aired on the BBC last year had just been released globally.

The story has ranked in the top ten in nine countries.

The death more than 20 years ago of Tracy Bell’s 31-year-old brother Gary was the first recorded heroin-linked fatality in Northern Ireland.

She said: “I just can’t see how it’s right to glamorize all of this.

“You can be a drug mule, sell your story and be on TV and profit and have a nice lifestyle.

“This is a terrible thing for a lot of families who have buried loved ones. It just can’t be too pleasant for them when they’re sitting at a teenage child’s grave.”

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