French woman jailed in Brazil cocaine case: family

21st November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Police in Brazil caught a French woman with nine kilograms of cocaine at an airport and jailed her, her family said Sunday, saying she and several others were victims of a free holiday scam.

Jessica Briffault, 28, was arrested at Sao Paulo airport last week as she tried to return to Paris after a holiday offered to her as a free test trip by supposed tour organisers, her father Michel Briffault told AFP by telephone.

He said the French consulate in Sao Paulo told him that 14 other French nationals had been jailed in similar circumstances. He did not know who had organised her trip, which was offered at a day's notice.

"She was clearly trapped. Apparently there are a several people who have been trapped," he said, adding that Jessica had told him by telephone days before that she was having fun in Rio.

"She is a young woman of 28 who has a normal life," her father said, adding that a lawyer was going to visit her in the coming days.

© 2010 AFP

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