Former flight attendant turned drug dealer after losing airline job during lockdown

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A struggling flight attendant has been jailed for drug trafficking after losing her job due to Covid cutbacks.Alexandra Dobre was a member of the cabin crew based at Luton Airport, but was fired during the lockdown.

The 27-year-old started a relationship with a man she met on a dating app and moved to Staffordshire, StokeonTrentLive reports.

The desperate woman agreed to deliver cocaine after running out of money.

During a drug run on the night of August 7, she was arrested by police in Stoke-on-Trent.

Driving a Fiat Punto, police officers jumped in, the Stoke-on-Trent court said.



Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court learned of how his life fell apart

Neil Ahuja, prosecuting, said: “She avoided with the police where she lived.”

Police searched a Balfour Street apartment in Hanley and came across 81 small snap-fastened bags of white powder concealed in a nightstand.

“He tested positive for cocaine,” Ahuja added.

Six other sealed bags of the Class A substance were also recovered.

In total, the 19.4 grams had an estimated market value of between £ 1,740 and £ 2,610. Police also seized £ 480 in cash, along with a cell phone.

Paul Cliff, defending, said: “She was a flight attendant for several years with different airlines. She was well paid, but lost her job in the spring of that year and lost her home because of it. She wasn’t sure what to do next.

“She had friends in the North Staffordshire area, one of whom was a nail and beauty technician, and came to Stoke-on-Trent.

He added: “Since his arrest he has disappeared into the ether and she has not been able to contact him.

“She was obviously acting under direction. One of the terrible consequences of her offense is that she will never work as a flight attendant again. It was something that she liked.

“It is not inherently criminal. She comes from a good family in Romania. She knows her family will be absolutely mortified that she ever got involved in anything of this nature.

Judge David Fletcher said she must have understood that what she was doing was a crime.

During the sentencing, he told her: “It was a class A substance, the consumption of which causes misery. You were an important cog in this supply wheel for this particular drug.

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