Ex-flight attendant became drug dealer after losing airline job during lockdown
A struggling flight attendant has been jailed for drug-dealing having turned to crime after losing her job thanks to Covid cutbacks.
Alexandra Dobre was a member of cabin crew based at Luton Airport but was made redundant during lockdown.
The 27-year-old began a relationship with a man she met on a dating app and moved to Staffordshire, report StokeonTrentLive.
The desperate woman agreed to deliver cocaine after becoming short of cash.
During a drugs errand on the night of August 7, she was stopped by police in Stoke-on-Trent.
Driving a Fiat Punto, police officers pounced, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court was told.
Neil Ahuja, prosecuting, said: “She was evasive with the officers about where she was living.”
Police searched a flat in Balfour Street, Hanley, and came across 81 small snap-seal bags of white powder concealed in a bedside table.
“It tested positive for cocaine,” added Mr Ahuja.
Another six sealed bags of the class A substance were also recovered.
In total, the 19.4 grams had an estimated street value of between £1,740 and £2,610. Police also seized £480 in cash, along with a mobile phone.
Paul Cliff, defending, said: “She was a flight attendant for a number of years, with different airlines. She was well-paid, but lost her job in spring this year and lost her accommodation as a result of that. She was at a loose end over what to do next.
“She had friends in the North Staffordshire area, one of whom was a nail and beauty technician, and came up to Stoke-on-Trent.”
He added: “Since her arrest, he has disappeared into the ether and she has not been able to contact him.
“She was plainly acting under direction. One of the terrible consequences of her offending is she will never work as a flight attendant again. It’s something she loved.
“She is not by nature criminally-minded. She’s from a good family in Romania. She knows her family will be absolutely mortified that she has found herself involved in something of this nature.”
Judge David Fletcher said she must have understood what she was doing was a crime.
Sentencing, he told her: “It was a class A substance, the consumption of which causes misery. You were an important cog in that wheel of the supply of this particular drug.”