British Woman Detained in Egypt for Carrying Painkillers

An Egypt Air plane flies past minarets of a mosque as it approaches Cairo International Airport in Cairo Egypt Saturday

British Woman Detained in Egypt for Carrying Painkillers

A woman from England has been detained in Egypt after flying with painkillers for her husband's back.

Laura Plummer, from Hull, was arrested after flying into Cairo with almost 300 tramadol tablets and some Naproxen in her suitcase, the Sun reported.

The shop worker, from Hull, was visiting her partner Omar Caboo, a sports activity administrator at a 5-star hotel in Sharm El Sheikh who she met while on holiday in the country four years ago.

A source at Hurghada resort's prosecutor's office told The Sun: "The tricksters conned the British lady and her family her when they were desperate for help".

Plummer's brother told the paper that her family has been told she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer telling them she might even face the death penalty. "We're beside ourselves worrying that they'll make an example of her".

She signed a 38-page statement worded in Arabic, thinking that it would help lead to her release from custody.

Instead she has been held in a 15ft by 15ft cell with 25 other women for nearly a month.

Tramadol is legal in Britain although users must have a prescription due to its high potency, but it is illegal in Egypt and is known to be used as a heroin substitute.

It comes as her sister, Jayne Synclair, 40, said Ms Plummer is being held in a 15ft by 15ft cell with "murderers, heroin addicts and prostitutes" and was being "kicked and kicked" until the leader of the cell intervened. Ms Sinclair said her daughter had been in court twice, each time being returned to jail for 15 days.

Mr Plummer said his mother and sisters have travelled to Egypt to visit Laura following her arrest on October 9, adding: "They say she's unrecognisable".

She added: "I don't know much about him but he likes to take her out when she's there".

Laura Plummer, 33, was held as she arrived for a two-week trip to visit husband Omar, also 33, who suffers from a back injury he sustained in a auto crash.

"We've been told she's facing either 25 years in prison or the death penalty".

"It's just blown out of proportion completely".

"She has a phobia of using anybody else's toilet, so let alone sharing a toilet and a floor with everybody else".

"It's very bad for Laura ... she's not a tough person at all".

"Her family said to some extent it is better that she's with lots of people in a cell than in a cell on her own because people are around her", Turner said, according to the BBC.

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