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UNC professor convicted of drug smuggling in Argentina

Published On: Nov 22 2012 03:42:26 PM CST
Paul Frampton

A University of North Carolina professor is complaining his conviction on drug smuggling charges in Argentina is an injustice.
Sixty-eight-year-old UNC-Chapel Hill physics professor Paul Frampton tells The News & Observer of Raleigh he unknowingly carried 4 pounds of cocaine hidden in a suitcase from Bolivia while on a quest to meet a famous bikini model.
The Oxford-educated professor was sentenced to four years and eight months of confinement this week. He expects to serve the time under house arrest at a friend's apartment in Buenos Aires.
Frampton also is fighting a decision by university officials to stop paying his $107,000 salary for failing to fulfill teaching and other duties. Frampton says he's now worried the university will fire him.