A British Woman Has Been Jailed For Bringing 300 Painkillers Into Egypt

Laura Plummer

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested in October upon her arrival at Hurghada airport of Egypt's Red Sea province with 380 pills of Tramadol opiate painkiller in her luggage, whose possession without a prescription is a felony in Egypt. Were just hoping. Even half of that would be better.

The court case was originally due to be heard on Christmas Day but had to be adjourned because of Ms Plummer's condition.

"After she was sentenced to three years, she was then put in a cage, like an animal".

She said the family were trying to find out more details about what happened in the courtroom on Tuesday.

Rachel said: "She's sleep deprived, she's visibly nervous and upset".

Plummer's Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who she reportedly visits a few times per year, suffers from severe back pain. One of Plummer's sisters, Jayne Sinclair, told the BBC that not even her husband knew she was bringing in the pills to warn her of their status in the country.

She wept as she appeared before a judge in handcuffs on Christmas morning and was suddenly handed a three-year sentence for the charge of drug smuggling, the report said.

She says she has no idea what she doing was illegal and was just "daft" after being given the Class C painkillers by a work friend. "She had only 320 pills - even the plane ticket is nearly double the price of those pills".

"For someone to be found guilty of drug smuggling they have to be aware that they are possessing narcotics".

A spokesman for Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We will continue to provide assistance to Laura and her family following the court ruling in Egypt, and our embassy is in regular contact with the Egyptian authorities".

Her lawyer told Sky News that the idea she was a drug trafficker was illogical as she made no attempt to hide what she was transporting.

The family's local MP Karl Turner said: "I think it's a damning indictment about good sense and fair play".

Since then, she said, her daughter has been "living in hell" sharing a jail cell with no beds with up to 25 other women.

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