UNC Chapel Hill fires physics professor jailed in Argentina

UNC Chapel Hill physics professor Paul Frampton

UNC Chapel Hill physics professor Paul Frampton

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has fired a physics professor who was arrested in Argentina after getting entangled in a scheme to smuggle two kilos of cocaine.

The Raleigh News and Observer reported that 70-year-old Paul Frampton is soon expected to be released from prison in Argentina.

Frampton has been confined there since his arrest at the Buenos Aires airport in 2012.

He was reportedly flying to Argentina to meet the woman who he thought was a former Miss Bikini World. Instead, he was arrested by drug agents after getting entangled in a scheme to smuggle two kilos of cocaine.

Frampton said he unknowingly carried four pounds of cocaine hidden in a suitcase from Bolivia.

The Oxford-educated professor was sentenced to four years and eight months of confinement.

Chancellor Carol Folt fired Frampton this month for misconduct and neglect of duty, according to the paper.