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British woman arrested in Peruvian drugs probe (Roundup)

By Rich Bowden, M&C Staff Writer Nov 28, 2007, 17:35 GMT

British woman arrested in Peruvian drugs probe (Roundup)

Mexican federal agents and Army members count the packages of the freight of more than 11 tones of cocaine confiscated last 31 October 2007 in Manzanillo port in the Mexican Pacific coast on 01 November 2007. EPA/PGR

(M&C) - The UK Foreign Office has said it is investigating claims that a 20-year-old British woman has been arrested in Peru on suspicion of attempting to smuggle cocaine.

Rachel Franklin, from Southampton, was arrested at Lima's Jorge Chavez airport on Sunday, allegedly carrying 4kg (8lb) of cocaine in her luggage.

Miss Franklin, though yet to be charged over the offence, faces 15 years in jail if found guilty of narcotic trafficking. The BBC has reported that she was bound for Madrid when she was intercepted by police. She was intending to catch a connecting flight to London from Madrid.

Embassy officials are believed to have visited Miss Franklin in prison though the Foreign Office has yet to supply details.

Police anti-drug chief Captain Juan Carlos Miranda, told reporters that Miss Franklin would not be charged until an initial 15-day investigation had been completed.

Drug trafficking is common in Peru which is the world's second largest producer of cocaine.



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