Pardoned West Yorkshire drug smuggler held after Thailand return bid

A West Yorkshire woman who was pardoned after being jailed in Thailand for drug smuggling is believed to have been deported from the country after trying to return.

Sandra Gregory, 44, from Sowerby Bridge, told friends she had been held by security at Bangkok Airport after problems with her visa.

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She was originally sentenced to death in 1993 after being caught with heroin at the airport but received a pardon from the King of Thailand in 2000.

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Friends said she had tried to go back to Thailand but contacted them on Wednesday to say she was being held at the airport and was expecting to be deported soon.

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It is believed that she has since been put on a flight out of the country.

Susan May, a miscarriages of justice campaigner, said she received a text message from her friend last night.

She said: "Sandra just texted me last night to tell me that she's been held at the airport and not allowed in.

"The last thing she said was she was expecting to be sent home so I'm hoping she will be."

Ms Gregory was sentenced to death after being caught with 3.1oz (86.9g) of heroin inside a condom in her body at Bangkok Airport in 1993.

The sentence was commuted to 25 years in prison after she admitted the charge and she spent four and a half years in the notorious Klong Prem Prison before being transferred to a jail in Kent.

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