A BRITISH scientist has been jailed for almost five years after he was caught smuggling cocaine in South America.
Academic Professor Paul Frampton was stopped in January at an airport in Argentina as he attempted to join a flight to Peru.
The 68-year old Oxford-educated physicist was found to be carrying 4.4lb of cocaine in his luggage.
Frampton, originally from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, claimed he was conned into carrying the cocaine in a “sting” involving a model.
He told police he had been tricked into carrying the drugs by gangsters who posed on the internet as 32-year-old glamour model Denise Milani.
Ms Milani had nothing to do with the drug smuggling.
After his arrest at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Frampton said in a newspaper interview: “Perhaps I should have realised earlier, but the fraudster was very good and very intelligent.
“For 11 weeks I thought I was chatting with an attractive woman.”
Frampton was teaching at the University of North Carolina when he first travelled to La Paz in Bolivia.
He said he had thought he was going to meet former Miss Bikini World Miss Milani for the first time.