Briton Laura Plummer jailed in Egypt on drug charges

Briton Laura Plummer jailed in Egypt on drug charges

A BRITISH woman has been jailed for three years for smuggling painkillers into Egypt.

Laura Plummer was arrested in October upon arrival at Hurghada airport after 400 tablets of the opiate painkiller Tramadol were found in her possession.

The case revolves around 290 Tramadol she took with her to Egypt for her lover Omar Caboo, 33, who suffers from back pain, but neither he nor Miss Plummer's family accompanied her in court.

Her family were not in court this morning.

Laura Plummer, left, was sentenced to prison time for smuggling drugs into Egypt that she claimed were for her boyfriend Omar Caboo, at right. She brought [the drugs] to help someone, to help a family.

Despite Miss Plummer pleading her innocence, prosecutors persuaded a court in Hurghada to send her for trial - and she will appear before a judge at the main criminal court in Safaga.

"She's a normal, nice person". I was anxious about her before, [when she was] in the police station.

Her trial is due to begin tomorrow.

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Plummers sister Rachel said her mother Roberta Sinclair was "devastated" by the sentence, the report said.

"We're also devastated by the news that it's been able to carry on this far and the fact that she's been sentenced for three years, just for being kind, it's a disgrace".

The ordeal has been a hammer blow to the family, who claim Miss Plummer had no idea what she doing was illegal and was just "daft". The painkiller is a Class C prescription drug in the United Kingdom but is banned in Egypt.

According to The Guardian, Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson has told Plummer's MP Karl Turner that he will do everything possible to help Plummer and her family.

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

Her mum, Roberta Sinclair, says her daughter made no attempt to hide the medicine and thought it was a joke when she was first pulled over by officials. When you go to see Laura, she's in a mess - how can you do this to a young girl?

She said he daughter has been "living in hell" sharing a jail cell with no beds with up to 25 other women, adding her daughter now looks "unrecognisable".