British woman spends 2 months in an Egyptian prison for possessing painkillers; could face 25 years in jail or death

A British woman who was arrested in Egypt nearly a month ago is wallowing in pain and misery. She was wrongfully remanded for possessing painkillers.

Following her arrest in the North African country, she was found to be carrying drugs which were later identified as Naproxen and Tramadol.


Laura Plummer (Image via FarrahGray)

According to The Sun, Laura Plummer said she flew into the country with drugs meant for her husband’s sore back.

The 33-year-old woman reportedly visited her Egyptian husband, Omar, about two or four times in a year. It was unclear if she had traveled with such drugs in her previous visits.

However, Plummer’s family in Hull told the news outlet that she had 29 strips of Tramadol, each containing 10 tablets, and some Naproxen.

Speaking during an interview with The Associated Press, Mr James Plummer, a brother to the alleged drug trafficker, said: ‘The whole thing has been blown out of proportion.’

The suspect reportedly signed a 38-page statement in Arabic which she thought would result in her release, but since then, she has been held in a 15ft by 15ft cell with 25 other women for nearly a month.

Mr Plummer said his sister thought she was offering assistance to her husband by bringing the medication and added that she must be going through hell in prison.

‘She’s suffering for a good deed. Her husband was involved in an accident and the drugs were for him,’ he said. ‘Life in prison is hell…she must be completely out of her comfort zone.’

James, 31, said his family heard that Laura is facing about 25 years behind bars, if convicted of drug trafficking.

An unnamed lawyer also said there’s chance she could get the death penalty.

According to Mr James, his family visited Laura in the Egyptian prison and were shocked to see her looking pathetically thin, underfed and sick.

‘When they saw her in prison on 9 October, she was looking like a zombie…she’s unrecognizable,’ he said. ‘She’s going bald due to stress and I don’t think she will survive there…she’s not tough enough.’

He continued: ‘She has a phobia about using someone else’s toilet. Now she has to share a toilet and a floor with a large number of people. That is not just awful, but traumatizing.’

Mr James lamented on his family’s helplessness and Laura’s fragility.

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



The newspaper added that a spokesman for the Foreign Office assured they’re in touch with the family, saying: ‘We have been offering support to the British woman and her family since her detention in Egypt.’

Alan, a Yahoo user commented, “How did she get hold of 29 strips of tramadol without a prescription? If she is blagging the doctors in the UK to give her free opiates to SELL in Egypt then let her face the system. 290 tablets isn’t one months supply, it is 3 months+ for severe pain and they are a strictly controlled prescription. Let him pay for his own prescription in his own dump of a country, this is at best health tourism.

I know what is going on, the husband is still receiving prescription drugs at a UK address. Her husband must be laughing his balls off getting free meds. Or she is fraudulently claiming drugs for herself and saving them up. Both cases are illegal and I have absolutely no sympathy. 

Don’t worry luv he will be on the internet looking for the next desperate chump to smuggle free drugs for him. No excuse for idiocy.”