British woman sentenced for smuggling painkillers into Egypt

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Despite claims that she did not know painkillers were illegal in Egypt and was only trying to help her boyfriend when smuggling painkillers into the country, a British woman has been sentenced to three years in an Egyptian prison.

In October, Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested at Hurghada International Airport after 290 tramadol pills were discovered in her suitcase.

Plummer claimed that the painkillers were for her Egyptian boyfriend, Omar Caboo, who reportedly suffers from severe back pain. Attorneys for Plummer immediately filed an appeal after the sentencing.

After the sentencing was announced, Plummer’s mother, Roberta Plummer, told The Sun: “This is not fair. She’s done it in all innocence. She brought [the drugs] to help someone, to help a family.”

Plummer’s mother added, “She’s the kindest person… I was worried about her before, [when she was] in the police station. I’m even more worried now [that] she’s in actual prison with real criminals.”

Plummer has said she was “daft” to take the illegal pain pills to Egypt.

As evidence that she did not intend to sell the pills, Plummer’s lawyer, Mohamed Othman, reportedly presented a receipt for her plane tickets to and from Egypt for which she paid twice as much as the drugs were worth.

“For someone to be found guilty of drug smuggling, they have to be aware that they are possessing narcotics. Laura did not know that what she was carrying was a narcotic,” Othman said.

Plummer’s mother said that her daughter has been “living in hell,” sharing a jail cell having no beds with up to 25 other women, and added that due to the incarceration, she now looks “unrecognizable.”

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