How A Particle Physicist Became A Drug Smuggler

Mar 13, 2013

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In a story riddled with cliché, world renowned particle physicist, Paul Frampton, was arrested in a Buenos Aires Airport last year for checking a bag stuffed with a half million dollars full of cocaine. Like a CSI plot gone off the rails, his explanation defied common sense: his online girlfriend/Czech bikini model forgot it at the airport and asked him to bring to her.

Maxine Swann is author of the book “The Foreigners”, and a new article published in New York Times Magazine called “The Professor, the Bikini Model, and the Suitcase Full of Trouble." She caught up with Frampton last fall, while he was awaiting trial in a Buenos Aires prison.