Laura Plummer, who was arrested in Egypt for carrying 300 Tramadol pills into the country, was jailed for 3 years and sent to prison.
Carrying Tramadol pills into Egypt is illegal, therefore; no argument right?
Karl Turner, an MP for Laura’s home town, Hull, has stated:
“[She was] going to visit her partner in Egypt, taking what she thought was a painkiller and no more than that,” he said.
“It clearly is a banned substance and whilst we must respect the law of other countries there must be good sense and fair play as well.”
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Turner also goes on to say that Plummer was “naïve” and is “suffering from sleep deprivation and anxiety”.
Well Mr. Turner, here’s a little anecdote for you.
When the Car Tax system in the UK changed from a paper disc system displayed on a car, to the new system; I found myself in some hot water. I believed that when you bought a car that was Taxed, that the Tax would follow on with the car, and when it expired I would begin paying for it myself.
How wrong was I?
I ended up being pulled over by the Police and issued with a fine for driving an un-Taxed vehicle and a good talking-to about the importance of keeping up-to-date with current driving laws.
I was stressed. I was anxious. I was naïve.
Yet I was still guilty and completely at fault. I hadn’t done my homework and it cost me.
As it should.
Not being aware that something is illegal isn’t always the best excuse to try and get out of a sticky situation, particularly in a foreign country.
What gets me about this situation is not just that she took an illegal substance into a foreign country. She was in possession of 300 Tramadol pills. You can’t be prescribed that many at once, and you certainly can’t supply them to someone else. It’s illegal.
If you can’t have that many Tramadol at once, then she obviously obtained them in a non-legal manner; according to her family Ms Plummer was given them by “a friend”.
Did she not question her “friend”, (who no doubt said “Don’t tell anyone where you got them from”) about the legalities of carrying such a large amount of prescription drugs? She might not have known it was illegal to be given them or to give them out, or to even enter Egypt with them, but she must have known that something wasn’t right. You can’t even buy more than two packs of paracetamols in a shop, never mind carry such a large quantity of a Class C drug into a foreign country.
There’s just no way that there wasn’t any alarm bells ringing in her head. She may have been naïve about certain aspects, but certainly not all. And like I said earlier; being naïve doesn’t mean you didn’t commit an offence.
There’s an amazing thing called the Internet that can be used for all sorts of things like asking the following question –
“Does car tax transfer with the sale of a car?”
I could have saved myself some money and stress by googling this question, yet I didn’t and therefore had to suffer the consequences of my naivety.
You can also Google the following question –
“Can I carry an amount of Tramadol, a Class C drug which I’m not legally allowed to be prescribed in the UK and which weren’t actually prescribed to me but were given to me by a friend, into Egypt?”
I think she already knows what the answer is to that one.
On a final note, Karl Turner MP will no doubt be using all resources available to him in getting to the bottom of finding out who supplied the drugs to Ms Plummer I assume?
Or would that be NAIVE of me?