A British woman has been jailed for three years for smuggling painkillers into Egypt.
Her family said her lawyers have lodged and immediate appeal.
Laura Plummer was arrested in October after being found with 290 tramadol pills in her suitcase. She claimed they were for her Egyptian boyfriend’s bad back but didn’t know they were illegal. Laura claims she was just being “daft” by carrying the pills.
The 33-year-old, from Hull, had her trial adjourned yesterday as she wept in the dock after accidentally pleading guilty due to a mix-up with her interpreter.
The trial was held this morning with a new interpreter and she was jailed by a judge for three years.
Laura has claimed she was taking to tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain, and had no idea they were illegal.
The painkiller is a Class C prescription drug in the UK but is banned in Egypt.
Her lawyer Mohamed Othman said a plane ticket which showed she paid twice as much for her flights as the drugs were worth shows she was not looking to sell them.
He said: “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.”
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.
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