Egyptian court convicts British woman of Tramadol smuggling

Laura Plummer wept and slumped to the floor in the dock as she was jailed for three years after being found with 290 tramadol pills in her suitcase at Hurghada Airport in Egypt.

Ms Plummer has been held in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, where she was arrested at the airport on October 9. She's out there by herself.

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.

Egyptian authorities have banned Tramadol, an opioid pain medication, because it is often abused there as a recreational drug or taken by people to increase alertness and even sexual stamina. I was anxious about her before, [when she was] in the police station. "It's hard and I can't believe it after waiting for two months", she told the BBC.

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However, she was so distraught that the judge had to adjourn the trial until Tuesday (26 December). "She doesn't deserve that".

They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner.

Her other sister Jayne Synclair said Plummer had only been trying to help her partner.

She said: "She's answered some questions wrong because she's not understanding them, she obviously can't think straight". Even half of that would be better.

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Her family had been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty. She was doing it to be kind. "Three years, I can't believe it".

Plummer met her partner Aziz, also known as Caboo, three years ago in Sharm El Sheikh where he was working as a lifeguard.

The drug was officially deemed as the most used in Egypt in 2015, when the country's Anti Addiction Fund said 40.7% of the population were using it. The painkiller is legal in the United Kingdom but a banned narcotic in the north African country.

"It clearly is a banned substance and whilst we must respect the law of other countries there must be good sense and fair play as well".

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