A British woman, Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested when border guards at Hurghada Airport found her carrying tramadol and naproxen in her suitcase for her Egyptian husband Omar Caboo who suffers from severe back pain.
Immediately the young woman was detained and, according to her family, is languishing in prison for an egregious error. Ms Plummer reportedly signed a 38 page statement "in Arabic," which she thought would result in her being able to leave the airport, but she has been held in a 15ft by 15ft cell with 25 other women for nearly a month.
Ms. Plummer's brother said his sister had been arrested for what he thinks the authorities in Egypt call “drug trafficking”, but said she had only brought a small amount of medication for her Egyptian husband, who she visits two to four times a year. The charge could lead to a punishment of 25 years or death.
Social media has tried it's best to spread the word on what should be seen as a humanitarian issue.
Laura Plummer is facing death penalty in Egypt for carrying Tylenol painkillers.— A.L. (Gus) Blaauw (@GusBlaauw) November 4, 2017
Another evil country demanding to be seen as civilized.
The UK government has a duty to our citizens to warn against any travel to Egypt if Laura Plummer can be put in prison for prescription meds— nick w (@penkapchew) November 4, 2017
Does this mean every Egyptian landing at Heathrow with pain killers will be thrown in the Scrubbs hold Egypt to account free Laura Plummer— STEPHEN WELLER (@TAXIMAN1962) November 4, 2017
Ms. Plummer's brother James their mother and sisters have travelled to Egypt to visit Laura following her arrest on 9 October, saying, “She’s unrecognizable, she’s like a zombie.” He added : “Her hair has fallen out and she has a really bad ear infection which has caused her whole face and neck to swell. She doesn't even look like herself. She couldn't speak properly and was wearing the clothes she travelled in.”