Model’s look of horror as he realises his Instagram life is over
Modou Adams boasted about his lifestyle before, but you won't be hearing from him for a few years.
A model who appeared to have a high flying influencer lifestyle is today at the start of a prison sentence in Peru.
Modou Adams, from London, went by the name ‘boywholives’ on social media and showed off his life of excess.
But the 25-year-old has now swapped all of that for a stretch in jail for trying to smuggle 3kg of cocaine onto a flight from Lima to London, via Paris.
He was handed his sentence in a fast-track trial 24 hours after he was arrested by the same police force that held the Peru Two – Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid.
Modou documented his trip to Peru on Instagram and TikTok, posing as a tourist in Cuzco – a popular spot for cocaine pick-ups – and on the road to Machu Picchu.
But the most recent picture of him was a rather unflattering one that was released by the country’s supreme court showing him behind bars.
Adams was arrested on September 30, which tallies with his last Instagram post three weeks ago.
He had flown to Peru 11 days earlier – his second trip this year – and after the Cuzco trip, checked into a hotel in Miraflores, which is an upmarket neighbourhood on the Pacific coastline.
Footage showed him reacting in horror as his bag was searched at the Jorge Chavez International Airport before he was handcuffed and taken to face justice.
Prosecutor Lincoln Fuentes said: ‘It wasn’t the first time this British national had come to Peru.
‘The first time he had also taken drugs out of the country, most probably in the same way with a specially-prepared suitcase.
‘In Peru a kilo of cocaine is around £3,000 but this amount multiplies in Europe by a massive amount.
‘Each drug mule is paid £5,200 to £6,000 per drug run as well as getting all their expenses paid including the tourist trips they enjoy to camouflage their real reason for coming here.
‘The objective this man had for coming here was solely to transport drugs back to Britain.’
As a warning to others, he added: ‘The prison sentences here are very high and it’s simply not worth the risk of putting your freedom in jeopardy.’
Earlier this year Adams boasted as he dipped his toes in the sea by a trendy beach bar on the Athens Riviera between Piraeus and Cape Sounion: ‘Sun in my eyes, sand in my toes, sea within touch, somewhere else I’d rather be?.’
Between his two trips to Peru he took in the delights of Los Angeles, telling his envious Instagram fans as he videoed himself in some of its must-see attractions: ‘You hate but you wish you was this.’
Authorities in Lima say Adams will serve his sentence in full in the South American country, meaning he faces a lengthy enforced break from his ‘criminal cover’ sideline.
The Peru Two, Michaella McCollum from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, and Melissa Reid from Lenzie, Scotland, were arrested on 6 August 2013 on suspicion of drug smuggling at Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru, after their luggage was found to contain 11 kilos of cocaine.
They initially claimed they had been coerced by an armed gang but subsequently pleaded guilty. On 17 December 2013, the pair were sentenced to six years and eight months’ imprisonment.
In early 2016, both women sought to return to the United Kingdom.
McCollum applied to be freed on parole and was released on 31 March 2016, with the prospect of having to remain in Peru for up to six years.
In April 2016 the Peruvian authorities agreed to expel Reid from the country.
She was released from prison on 21 June that year and immediately returned to Britain, arriving at Glasgow airport the following day.
McCollum returned to Europe two months later, arriving at Dublin airport in Ireland on 13 August 2016. She later wrote a book about her experiences titled ‘You’ll Never See Daylight Again.’
In June last year a British man named locally at the time as Russell Tamer was arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle cocaine out of a Colombian airport strapped to his body.
Police held him as he allegedly threw a packet containing the drug into an airport toilet after spotting uniformed officers at a security airport.
The arrest took place in Simon Bolivar International Airport, the airport serving Santa Marta city in Colombia which is the capital of Magdalena Department.
It was not immediately clear today if he has already been dealt with by the courts.
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