Flight attendant became drug dealer after losing airline job during lockdown

A flight attendant jailed for drug-dealing turned to crime after losing her "well paid job" at Luton airport during lockdown, a court has heard.

Alexandra Dobre, 27, turned to crime after she began a relationship with a man and he enlisted her as a cocaine courier.

Stoke-On-Trent Crown Court heard police stopped Dobre as she was driving a Fiat Punto registered to a press is Balfour Street in Hanley.

Prosecutors said Dobre was "evasive" with officers about where she lived and went to an address where officers found "81 small snap-seal bags of white powder".

The powder tested positive for cocaine and another six sealed bags of the substance were also uncovered, totalling 19.4 grams, Birmingham Live reports.

Dobre moved to the UK from her native Romania three years ago and, until recently, was a member of cabin crew based at Luton Airport.

Defending, Paul Cliff, 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."

Mr Cliff added: "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."

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Dobre admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply and was sentenced to 28 months in prison.

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."

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