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UNC professor arrested in Argentina

Posted March 20, 2012

— A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor who traveled overseas for research has been arrested in Argentina, according to his ex-wife.

Details surrounding the arrest of Paul Frampton, a physics and astronomy professor, are unclear. UNC has not released many details.

Frampton's ex-wife, Anne Marie Frampton, told WRAL News on Tuesday that she believes the arrest is "drug related," but says she thinks "he is innocent."

Anne Marie Frampton says she last spoke with her ex-husband at the end of January. "He never touched drugs" in their 15 years of marriage, she said, adding that he is a "great scholar" and she hopes "he gets out all right."

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David Eby, a graduate student working with Frampton, said he has recently had contact with the professor and believes in his innocence.

Paul Frampton's name was still on his office door at UNC Tuesday, but university officials said his salary was discontinued earlier this month. He was hired in 1981 and was making nearly $107,000 at the time of his arrest, according to UNC records.

UNC officials say a senior associate dean was in Buenos Aires on a scheduled work trip and met with a member of the Argentine judicial system earlier this month. The details of that meeting were not released.


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  • westernwake1 Mar 21, 2012

    And in response to "What type of drugs are these people using over at UNC?"

    We give you...

  • granville93 Mar 21, 2012

    You smokie dopie....you get caught.....you go to the pokie...simple as that.

  • CicnyKid Mar 21, 2012

    Maybe he's Peter Frampton's brother??

    Well I woke up this morning
    with a wine glass in my hand
    Whose wine? What wine?
    Where the h-e-double hockey sticks did I dine?

    Must have been a dream
    I don't believe where I've been
    Come on let's do it again

    Do you, you feel like I do?
    How'd ya feel? Do you, you feel like I do?

    My friend got busted just the other day They said "Don't walk don't walk, don't walk away"

    Drove him to a taxi bent the boot, hit the bag. Had to play some music wonder why's he a drag

    Do you, you feel like I do? How'd ya feel? Do you, you feel like I do?

    From "Do you feel like I do?" (1971)

  • Bronco Mar 21, 2012

    Ok..i get it now..a Professor is somehow immune to being a drug dealer !! Not saying he is guilty, BUT HOW DO U THINK DRUGS GET INTO THIS COUNTRY..OH I know,,,the guy who sales drugs on the corner is the same guy who goes to South America and makes the purchase..If you believe that,,I got some beach front property for sale in Utah..Peace

  • BubbaDuke Mar 21, 2012

    So it appears the school thinks he is guilty since they've discontinued his pay. In normal speak - that means they fired him. Who would have thought that a professor from UNC would be into drugs?(wink, wink)

  • beachboater Mar 21, 2012

    The N & O article give a lot more information than this one.

    It's almost funny that the prof says " his treatment by the university, which he said had stopped his pay for reasons of petty academic jealousy. "

    I would be more inclined to think they stopped his salary because hs IS NOT AT WORK!!!

    Something if fishy about this. He says personal trip, but won't reveal where. He went to meet "someone" but won't say who.

    It could well be his friend is a drug dealer and he was a carrier.

  • dryjr Mar 21, 2012

    The N&O had all the details yesterday,they found drugs made into a secret compartment in his suitcase.this article has no facts,must have taken 5 mins.to write

  • westernwake1 Mar 21, 2012

    ♫ Don't cry for me Argentina... ♪

  • miketroll3572 Mar 21, 2012

    Now thats funny right there......

  • djofraleigh Mar 20, 2012

    Why did he go down there?

    Who did he see?

    What did he do?

    How long was he there.

    Where did he go down there?

    What money did he take with him, withdraw from accounts here?

    What habits did he have after his divorce?

    Answer those and make him look suspicious or the patsy.