PERU Two drug mule Michaela McCollum has been fined for speeding.
McCollum, from Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court over the alleged speeding which happened back in March.
The mum-of-two was caught by police after her Suzuki Vitara registered a speed of 84mph on a 60mph road.
Cops were monitoring vehicle speeds at the A4 Annaghilla Road in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone, on March 23.
As McCollum was in R-Plates, her speed should have been kept to a maximum of 45mph, putting the former Peru Two drug mule 39mph over the limit.
Her excess speed was too high to be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice, and so she was reported to court for prosecution.
When spoken to at the scene, McCollum claimed: “I panicked. I felt I had to speed up to overtake.”
Defending, her barrister said she had immediately accepted she was speeding, adding: “There is no history of driving offending and no previous of relevance.”
He added: “This was a well-known part of road and my client accepts she had no business being in the outside lane as a restricted driver.
“She didn’t realise the road was coming to an end.”
“I panicked. I felt I had to speed up to overtake”
He went on to say McCollum has been offered a place at Queens University Belfast to study International Business and Economics but must pass a maths exam to be eligible, which requires her to commute regularly to Belfast.
District Judge John Meehan slapped her with a £150 fine and four Penalty Points, and as she only had part of her licence to surrender to court for endorsement, the judge ordered it to be suspended until presented in full.
McCollum became famous in August 2013 when she was imprisoned along with friend Melissa Reid for trying to smuggle £1.5m of cocaine from Peru to Spain.
At the time, she was just 20 years old and working as a part-time model and nightclub hostess in Ibiza.
Glasgow-born Melissa, also 20, was working as a sales assistant at the time.
They were both sentenced to six years and eight months in jail but were released in 2016.
Last month, we revealed the Peru Two drug mule is set to cash in with a Narcos-style TV show about her life, said to be coming to Netflix.
A friend at the time claimed: “It’s a great story, what’s not to like?”