The mother of an Irish model being held on suspicion of drug trafficking in Peru has spoken of her distress.
Michaella McCollum Connolly, 20, and Melissa Reid, from Lenzie near Glasgow, are due to appear in court accused of attempting to smuggle an estimated £1.5 million of cocaine out of South America.
Her exhausted mother Nora said: "The situation is terrible for everyone."
Ms McCollum Connolly, a photography student and former nightclub hostess, was arrested last week alongside her friend Ms Reid, 19, while trying to board a flight from Lima to Madrid. The pair claim they were forced to carry bags in their luggage and were unaware they contained drugs.
At the family home in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Mrs McCollum said her family was going through a difficult ordeal.
She added: "At the moment we don't know anything. We don't know what is happening at all."
The family's parish priest Dean Colum Curry said they were struggling to come to terms with the plight but were trying to stay positive.
He declared: "It is just like a nightmare for them. They are at a loss as to what they can do. The family feel almost overwhelmed. They feel intimidated with all the callers to the door and feel a bit like prisoners in their own home. They are afraid to say anything that might jeopardise the situation."
The National Police of Peru said they found more than 24lb of cocaine hidden in food in the luggage of the two women.
Ms Reid's father William said his family are going through a "living nightmare" and have not slept since they found out.