British woman jailed for drug smuggling in Egypt

A British woman accused of smuggling drugs into Egypt has been jailed for three years.

Laura Plummer, 33, a shop worker from Hull, was arrested as she entered the country carrying 320 tramadol tablets in her suitcase.

Her family said they were for her Egyptian partner, Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain and claimed Ms Plummer, who they describe as “daft”, had no idea what she was doing was illegal.

Tramadol, a painkiller, is legal in the UK but banned in Egypt.

Laura’s sister, Rachel, said her mother, Roberta Sinclair, who travelled to Egypt for the hearings, was distraught.

She said: “My mum’s obviously devastated. She’s out there by herself.”

The family have lodged an immediate appeal, but Rachel said she did not know whether it would be heard on Tuesday.

She said: “We’re just hoping. Even half of that would be better. Anything less than three years. She doesn’t deserve that.”

The family said Ms Plummer made no attempt to hide the medicine, which she was given by a friend, when she was searched by customs officials as she arrived for a holiday with her partner on 9 October.

Ms Plummer appeared in court on Christmas Day, but the case was adjourned due to the condition she was in, according to her sister.

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