UNC-Chapel Hill fires physics professor serving sentence in Argentina for drug charges

The Associated Press
May 24, 2014 09:30 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. - A physics professor who may be released soon from prison in Argentina where he's serving a sentence on drug charges has been fired by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Chancellor Carol Folt has fired 70-year-old Paul Frampton, whom drug agents arrested in 2012 at the Buenos Aires airport. The newspaper filed a public records request to get a copy of the letter firing Frampton.

The letter shows Folt fired Frampton for misconduct and neglect of duty.

Frampton has said he unknowingly carried 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) of cocaine hidden in a suitcase from Bolivia while on a quest to meet a famous bikini model.

His friends told the newspaper that they expect him to return to the United States soon.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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