A British tourist’s ‘adventure’ holiday in America soon turned into a nightmare after the authorities found a two-year-old text about cocaine on her phone.
Isabella Brazier-Jones claims she was held for 24 hours, deported and banned from entering the US for ten years.
The 28-year-old, from Shepherd’s Bush, West London, flew to Los Angeles on March 12 for the trip of a lifetime with her best friend Olivia Cura, 26.
The two Brits, who met while studying at the prestigious acting school RADA, say they spent £3,500 on flights, accommodation and car rental in preparation for their planned holiday – one month in L.A. and one month in New York City.
But they claim that their travel plans were obliterated when immigration officials became suspicious about the length of time Isabella intended to stay in the country.
Isabella claims officials pulled her into a back room, confiscated her belongings and scoured her phone – discovering a message sent in 2017, where she had referenced the Class A drug cocaine.
The budding actress and playwright said: “They told me that there was a message on my phone referring to cocaine.
“They asked if I had taken cocaine and I said yes.”
Isabella claims she was escorted onto a plane back to the U.K. by two armed officers, just 31 hours after she landed on American soil.
She insisted that she and Olivia, a youth worker, had no intention of working in the US and instead wanted to “have an adventure”.