Argentine Court Convicts North Carolina Professor of Drug Smuggling

Since his arrest last January, Paul H. Frampton, a professor of physics and astronomy, has been detained in Argentina, at first in prison and later under house arrest at a friend’s apartment in Buenos Aires. He was sentenced to four years and eight months of confinement, which he also expects to serve under house arrest. Mr. Frampton maintains his innocence. He has previously complained that the university was withholding his pay and now worries that it will fire him.

UNC-Chapel Hill physics professor Paul Frampton is convicted in Argentina of attempting to carry cocaine hidden in a suitcase on to a U.S. bound flight and is sentenced to house arrest. He had told investigators that he was duped into unknowingly carrying the drugs after being lured first to Bolivia with a promise of meeting a famous bikini model.

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