Briton accused of drug smuggling sentenced to 3 years in prison

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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. Plummer and her family have always maintained that the pills - available on prescription in Great Britain - were for her partner Omar Abdel Aziz, who suffers from chronic back pain.

The black market for Tramadol has grown in Egypt over the past decade, with many using the drug recreationally as a heroin substitute. "She doesn't deserve that".

Until her sentence is reduced, Plummer's family will keep worrying.

Her mother Roberta Sinclair had travelled to Egypt for the Boxing Day hearing which had been adjourned from Christmas Day because Laura was too upset. "The judge jumped to the conclusion that she confesses before clarifying that she understood the question and this is worrying", Dia al-Bassal, Plummer's lawyer told The Telegraph.

She said her daughter has now been moved to another police station ahead of her move to prison.

Plummer was detained on arriving at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada for a holiday with her partner, Omar Caboo.

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She added that she did not know whether the appeal would be heard on Tuesday.

Sinclair said her daughter was being held in awful conditions in a communal cell in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada with no beds, sharing with up to 25 other women. They also argued that Laura made no attempt to hide the drugs, and signed a confession in Arabic - a language she doesn't speak.

Her local member of parliament in the UK, Karl Turner, said her family described Ms Plummer as "very naïve".

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

Her family had been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty. She's out there by herself. Even half of that would be better.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "We will continue to provide assistance to Laura and her family following the court ruling in Egypt, and our embassy is in regular contact with the Egyptian authorities".