A desperate flight attendant jailed for drug trafficking turned to the crime after losing her “well-paying” job during the lockdown.
Alexandra Dobre started a relationship with a man she met through a dating app and moved to Staffordshire. But when he noticed that she lacked the money, he hired her as a courier to drop off packages of cocaine.
The 27-year-old was stopped by police on Leek Road in Stoke-on-Trent during a drug deal on the night of August 7th.
Dobre drove a Fiat Punto and officers were acting on intelligence, the city’s crown court was told StokeonTrentLive.
Neil Ahuja, prosecutor, said, “She was evasive with officials where she lived.”
The car was registered at an address in Hanley.
Police went to an apartment on Balfour Street in Hanley, where they found documents relating to the defendant. They searched the property and found 81 small bags of white powder hidden in a bedside table.
“It tested positive for cocaine,” added Ahuja. Another six sealed bags of the Class A substance were also obtained.
In total, the 19.4 grams had an estimated street value between £ 1,740 and £ 2,610. Police also confiscated £ 480 in cash along with a cell phone.
Dobre admitted possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and was sentenced to 28 months in prison.
The court heard that Dobre moved to the UK from her Romanian homeland three years ago and was a member of the cabin crew at Luton Airport until recently.
Paul Cliff, who defended himself, said: “She was a flight attendant with various airlines for several years. She was well paid but lost her job that spring and lost her accommodation. She was finished with what to do next.
“She had friends in the North Staffordshire area, one of whom was a nail and beauty technician, and she came to Stoke-on-Trent.”
Then she entered into a romantic relationship with the man who would lead her into the drug trade. He suggested that she could keep drugs in the apartment to “contribute to the rent.” But soon it was also about delivering the cocaine.
“He’s been lost on the airwaves since she was arrested and she hasn’t been able to contact him,” added Cliff.
“She clearly acted under guidance. One of the terrible consequences of being insulted is that she will never work as a flight attendant again. It’s something she loved.
“She’s not naturally criminal. She comes from a good family in Romania. She knows her family will be utterly ashamed that she got caught up in something like this. “
Judge David Fletcher said she must have understood what she was doing was a crime.
When sentenced, he said to her, “It was a class A substance, the consumption of which causes misery. They were an important cog in the supply of this particular drug. “