If you just tuned in to Lucy Wright‘s daring story on Locked Up Abroad: Escape From Argentina, I’m sure you have questions. We checked in with Lucy to get answers and see what life is like for her today and here’s what she had to say:
When you fled your arrest in Argentina, how long were you on the run before you made it back home?
After I decided to run, it took me about 8 weeks to get home.
In Brazil, there were so many times you could’ve been caught – how did you keep your nerves in check?
I was more worried about being caught in Argentina, as they arrested me, I was working under the idea that Brazil and Argentina didn’t have great relations and might not have passed information on quickly. I was nervous, of course, but my fight or flight instinct had kicked in and I just knew I had to get home.
On your flight back to England, what did you think about?
I thought about being arrested at the airport when I arrived and what sentence I would get in England and was just glad to not be facing prison in Argentina.
When you got back home, did you openly share about your experience as a drug trafficker and/or your escape from Argentina?
I didn’t tell anyone that didn’t already know.
How did you spend your time during the two years you were back in England (2007-2009) before your arrest?
After I had gone to the police station to say what I’d done and they told me I wasn’t wanted here. I took it as a new start and just wanted to forget about it. I went back to university and just worked, spent time with my family and made new friends.
How did your family react to your arrest in 2009 for the outstanding charges?
Everyone was shocked when I was arrested by the extradition police as we thought it was all over. I had not been thinking about it at all and was very surprised.
What’s life like for you now?
It has felt like I’ve been in limbo since 2009 as I haven’t had an idea about the outcome and couldn’t move on with my life in any proper way until it had come to an end properly. The two outcomes seemed two extreme to be able to think about seriously. I couldn’t make friends or be close to anyone without the threat of me losing them when they found out.
What’s the current situation with your appeal?
The judge has finally dismissed the extradition request, which was a huge relief. It means I could still be arrested elsewhere but England isn’t going to send me back. This means I can finish my qualifications finally and have my baby and just lead a normal life and put it all behind me for good.