The 33-year-old shopkeeper, Laura Plummer, was arrested on October 9 after police found close to 300 pills of Tramadol packed in her luggage at Egypt's Hurghada International Airport, according to the BBC.
She claims she was carrying the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.
Plummer's family said she was "naive", and had not even tried to hide the medicine, thinking at first that it was a joke when she was arrested.
Laura Plummer, from Hull, reportedly entered an incorrect plea and admitted importing the drugs by mistake after questions and responses in court were "lost in translation".
"We're also devastated by the news that it's been able to carry on this far and the fact that she's been sentenced for three years, just for being kind, it's a disgrace".
She said she looked "unrecognisable". "She doesnt deserve that", Rachel said.
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Miss Plummer's Christmas Day court appearance was thought to be the beginning of her trial but there is a possibility the case could be adjourned to another date. "That's her life. She's a normal person".
Her lawyers have launched an appeal.
Laura's family say she has already suffered vicious beatings at the hands of fellow inmates because she is foreign.
Her family had been told that she could face up to 25 years in jail, with one lawyer even mentioning the death penalty.
She was arrested at Hurghada Airport on October 9, and signed a 38-page document written in Arabic as she thought it would grant her freedom.
Ms Plummer's local MP, Karl Turner, admitted the result could have been much worse, but still described it as "devastating".
Since then, she said, her daughter has been "living in hell" sharing a jail cell with no beds with up to 25 other women.