Air hostess turned to drug dealing after losing job during coronavirus lockdown

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An air hostess who turned to drug dealing after losing her job due to the coronavirus crisis has been pictured.

Alexandra Dobre, 27, was caught with a stash of cocaine in her purse, a court in Stoke-on-Trent was told.

The Romanian-born stewardess had been based at Luton Airport and worked for a number of different airlines.

Her Instagram page shows her posing proudly in her uniform next to a jet and enjoying sightseeing trips across Europe.

But the Covid-19 lockdown saw her get laid off, and, desperate, she was hired by a man she met on a dating app to deliver packages of cocaine.

She had moved to Stoke-on-Trent and police there who stopped her Fiat Punto found six wraps of the drug in her purse.

Searching a nearby flat, officers discovered 81 small bags of white powder in the bedroom which prosecutor Neil Ahuja said tested positive for cocaine.

In total, 19.4g of cocaine with an estimated street value of between £1,740 and £2,610 were discovered along with £480 in cash.

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Dobre admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply and was given a 28-month prison sentence.

Paul Cliff, defending, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court she had moved to the UK from Romania three years ago.

He said: "She was a flight attendant for a number of years, with different airlines. She was well paid.

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"She 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."

He claimed she was lured into dealing by a boyfriend by offering to store drugs in the flat in return for reduced rent.

Mr Cliff 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."

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

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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