Tourist faces death penalty for bringing husband’s pain pills to Egypt

Tourist faces death penalty for bringing husband’s pain pills to Egypt
Plummer and her husband, Omar
Plummer and her husband, Omar

(NEW YORK POST) – A British tourist facing execution for taking prescription painkillers into Egypt is crammed into a tiny cell with 25 other women and a hole in the floor for a toilet.

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested with the tramadol tablets in her suitcase after she flew into a Red Sea beach resort for a two-week break with her Egyptian husband.

She’s being held on drug trafficking charges at Hurghada 1st Police Department with “murderers, heroin addicts and prostitutes,” her family told Mirror Online.

Plummer’s sister Jayne Synclair, 40, said she fears her little sister will try to end her life after 26 days locked in “repulsive” conditions.

She said: “Her life’s in danger. She can’t stay in there any longer or she will be murdered or kill herself.”

“We went out to see her last week and my mom collapsed at the sight of her. She looked over at us and said, ‘Mom, Mom, please help me, help me.’”

Plummer’s mom, Roberta Synclair, 63, sobbed: “She had no idea she was doing anything wrong. The painkillers were placed at the top of her suitcase, she wasn’t hiding them.”

“We’ve been told she’s facing either 25 years in prison or the death penalty. We’re beside ourselves worrying that they’ll make an example of her.”

She was kept for five hours at the airport without an interpreter before signing a 38-page statement in Arabic which she thought would let her leave.

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

In her last text home, the terrified shop worker begged her dad, Neville: “I’m in trouble and I need your help.”

Neville, 70, tried to reply but her phone was switched off. He has since spent over $13,000 on legal bills.

Plummer flew to Hurghada airport Oct. 9 for a stay with husband Omar, 33. They met four years ago and she jets out to see him four times a year.

He suffers back pain after an accident, so she took 29 strips of tramadol, each containing 10 tablets, plus some Naproxen given to her by a pal.

In Britain, tramadol is prescription only, but it’s banned in Turkey, where addicts use it as a heroin substitute.

A pill sells for about 10 cents — meaning Laura could have made just $30 even if she wanted to.

Sinclair and daughters Rachel, 31, and Jayne say Plummer’s been in court twice, each time being returned to cells for 15 days. She’s due back in court Thursday.

Plummer’s sister said: “She is still wearing the same clothes she flew out in. When she came into court that first time, she looked dead behind the eyes and was handcuffed to a 6-foot-4-inch policeman holding a machine gun.”

“She kept saying, ‘Please help me, please help me.’ She looked like a little child again.”

The Foreign Office confirmed: “We are supporting a British woman and her family following her detention in Egypt.”


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  1. police around the world will pay in blood. for their crimes against the people paying their salaries. all forms of law enforcement will pay. n btw. do not go to Egypt. its shiiitttt. st Lucia has nicer men. why couldn't the police go after real criminals and actually try to save lives. they will pay!!


  2. This women needs help she was helping her husband with bringing him pain medication. Everyone
    shoulld be notify of the rules of Egypt She is innocent.. I thought that Egyot was a Spiritual place.
    This women has not committed murder. what a horrible conditions shame on Egypt.


  3. awa man even if ignorance of the law is of no excuse this way they treating this woman is to inhuman and unfair and i hope the British sees to it that she gets out of there alive and without a scratch. i mean something that is legal in her country and a prescription pill for pain yall dont have to treat the woman so cause she didnt know anything about it. i mean thats like you have a headache and you take panadol for it and when you reach in another country they arrest you for panadol. that is shate. to make it worst she could be executed for a simple thing yall have a stupid law for


  4. All u take us out of Africa. Why all u wanna go back there again? We black ppl eh even wanna fly over that continent. Just so. Ppl cum over to the Caribbean for vacation n to look for man to gv money. But seriously with dem Egytians.


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