British tourist jailed in Egypt for drug smuggling

A British woman who says she was carrying painkillers for her ailing partner was sentenced.

Plus READ BELOW the Foreign Commonwealth Office Gov.UK (FCO) Traveling with Medicine Guidelines.

Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested on October 9 at Hurghada International Airport on the Red Sea after police reportedly found 290 tablets of tramadol in her suitcase.

“For someone to be found guilty of drug smuggling they have to be aware that they are possessing narcotics,” Plummer’s lawyer, Mohamed Othman, told Reuters.




The UK’s decision to add a warning against carrying tramadol while traveling to Egypt was issued in November — a month after the arrest.

In a statement, the British Foreign Office said it “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.”

Travel Safety Tips

Safety Travel Tips from Experts


Traveling with Medicine Guidelines

You need to prove your medicine is prescribed to you if:

  • it contains a ‘controlled drug’

  • you have it on you when you’re entering or leaving the UK

You could get a fine or go to prison if you travel with medicine that’s illegal in another country – check with the embassy of the country you’re going to before you travel.

Check if your medicine contains a controlled drug

Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine contains a controlled drug.

You can also check the drugs listed on the packaging of your medicine and search for them on the controlled drugs list. The list doesn’t give names of medicines, only drugs that are used in medicines.

If your medicine contains a drug listed as schedule 2, 3 or 4 on the controlled drugs list, you need to either:

  • prove it is prescribed to you + get a licence – if you’re travelling for at least 3 months or carrying enough to last you that long.


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