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tramadol smuggling ?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by hifinutt, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    i know a number take tramadol , seems it is not allowed to take to egypt ? seems s bit odd

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41943837

    A British woman being held in Egypt on drug smuggling charges says she had "no idea" the prescription painkillers she was carrying were banned there.

    Laura Plummer, 33, is due in court on Saturday accused of smuggling 300 tablets of Tramadol, a painkiller that is legal in the UK but not in Egypt.

    The shop assistant from Hull says they were given to her for her Egyptian boyfriend's "back problems".

    Local police says that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

    Ms Plummer's relatives hope the judge at her custody hearing in the Red Sea Resort of Hurghada on Saturday will believe she made an innocent mistake - drug smuggling can be punishable by death in Egypt.
     
  2. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron You're home early...

    Did she have a prescription for said prescription drug? It could help her defence considerably. From an Egyptian perspective, Id have thought their tourist business is on its knees already without this sort of publicity.....add to the list of places to avoid along with Dubai.
     
  3. stuwils

    stuwils pfm Member

    300 tramadol ? given to her by a colleague and she did not look in the bag ? get real.....lock her up.
    Rgds
    Stuart
     
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  4. djftw

    djftw Heterodox Member

    Hull is (somewhat) local to me and there has been a lot of discussion about this on the radio. I might be a bit more sympathetic (and I suspect the Egyptian judiciary might be be more understanding) if she had been carrying Tramadol that was prescribed to the boyfriend, or even herself. As it was prescribed to 'a friend' she must surely have realised what she was doing was not legit. I'm sure Humberside Police would have been interested in possession with intent to supply that quantity... Egyptian law is obviously somewhat over the top, but I don't quite buy this 'innocent mistake' business...
     
  5. thebiglebowski

    thebiglebowski pfm Member

    As someone who took tramadol for a few years I know how addictive and powerful they are. My Dr was very careful to monitor my usage and would never allow me to have more than 2 months supply on repeat prescription.

    I suspect she bought them from one of the online pharmacy sites where they do the dodgy prescriptions.

    I do agree that ignorance of the law is no excuse and she is guilty.
     
  6. the_bat

    the_bat pfm Member

    But only with a prescription. We're not talking about a few paracetamol here. It's a very strong opiate painkiller which doctors are (or should be) wary of prescribing because of the potential addiction issues, and generally only dispense in limited quantities. 390 tablets is a lot.
     
  7. starbuck

    starbuck pfm Member

    Its okay, I've just read that Boris Johnson has taken a personal interest in the case so I expect she will be home in no time.
     
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  8. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron You're home early...

    They're showing they're tough on western depravity-aka a woman in possession 5 week supply of a prescription medicine. Meanwhile they imprison and kill political opponents or casually torture an Italian PhD student to death for his research into trade unionism in Egypt. What's not to like about a Red Sea package holiday?- the death sentence for some Tramadol or getting blown up one your flight home.
     
  9. djftw

    djftw Heterodox Member

    Well that's that sorted then, no doubt he'll get the Suez Canal back while he's there!

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron You're home early...

    ...in a coffin if he opens his mouth.
     
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  11. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    She had prescription drugs that were not prescribed to her and did not think to check anywhere or with anyone whether taking such drugs into Egypt, for as I understand it, an Egyptian national who could not obtain such drugs in Egypt himself, was legal or not?
     
  12. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    I'm sure Tramadol is not "banned" in Egypt, but is only given with a prescription, possibly a special prescription for opioids.
     
  13. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    From the BBC link above: Tramadol is legal in the UK with a prescription but banned in Egypt where many are addicted to the opiate.

    Whatever, smuggling it is illegal. Just like bringing heroin to the UK where it is legal on prescription...
     
  14. Chops54

    Chops54 pfm Member

    She knew exactly what she was doing but unfortunately for her she chose to commit her crime in Egypt rather than the UK. If Boris gets involved she may well get another five years.
     
  15. the_bat

    the_bat pfm Member

    390 tablets is rather more than a five week supply. at 4 tablets a day it's three months.
     
  16. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    mmm , some good points made . i know in the past i have known people ask for letters from their GP to confirm legality of stuff they are carrying
     
  17. sq225917

    sq225917 situation engineer

    Stupid woman.
     
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  18. Ragaman

    Ragaman pfm Member

    Yup, they really need to worry about tramadol , must be top of the list,

    The law is crazy, fine her & let her go, prison sentences for this nonsense... is utter nonsense.
     
  19. the_bat

    the_bat pfm Member

    Apparently they do. From Cairo Scene

    "Tramadol was ranked first among illicit drugs abused in Egypt in 2015, taken by 40.7 percent of drug users.
    After a surge in abuse among Egyptians, possessing the powerful opiate without a prescription was made a felony in 2014, carrying with it a possible sentence of several years in prison.
    The drug's initial affordability contributed to its widespread use, but with a rise in black market prices and crackdowns on the illegal sale of the drug, the price of Tramadol on the black market has skyrocketed"
     
  20. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Box-swapper extraordinaire

    Yeah, it’s only an illegal, powerfully addictive, and I assume a potentially very harmful, substance that she was smuggling. Let her go, it won’t encourage others to chance giving smuggling a go, will it?

    When in Rome.
     

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