A distinguished professor from Kidderminster who was arrested in South America on suspicion of drugs smuggling has claimed he was duped into carrying the contraband. Paul Frampton, 68, has been held in an Argentinian jail since January, according to reports. Prof Frampton, who is originally from Kidderminster and studied at Oxford University, was arrested in Buenos Aires after two kilos of cocaine were allegedly found in his luggage as he prepared to fly back to his current home in the United States. A spokeswoman for the University of North Carolina (UNC) said he holds the current position of Distinguished Professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the establishment, but his salary has been stopped since the beginning of the month. In an interview with a local paper conducted while he was in prison, Prof Frampton protested his innocence and said he believed the truth would come out.