A former flight attendant who crisscrossed across Europe and posed in social media has been sentenced to 28 months behind bars for turning to drug dealing after losing her job due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.
Alexandra Dobre, 27, moved to the UK three years ago from her native Romania to pursue a carrier as a flight attendant and was based at London Luton Airport, where she worked for several airlines, The Sun reported.
Her Instagram page is replete with images of her standing next to Wizz Air and Ryanair planes — as well as striking sultry poses in exotic locales and vacation spots wearing stylish outfits, bikinis and lingerie.
But her high-flying days apparently came to an end because of the global outbreak that cost her the coveted job, according to the news outlet, which reported that she met a man on a dating app who enlisted her as a cocaine carrier.
Dobre relocated to Stoke-on-Trent to carry on the relationship with the man, but that also came to an end when she was stopped by police acting on intelligence on Aug. 27 as she drove a Fiat Punto, the Stoke Sentinel reported.
“She was evasive with the officers about where she was living,” prosecutor Neil Ahuja said in Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, according to the outlet.
Investigators later searched her apartment, where they found 81 small bags of white powder that tested positive for cocaine in a bedside drawer, he said.
The 19.4 grams of the drug had an estimated street value of between $2,230 and $3,350, according to the report. Police also recovered the equivalent of more than $600 in cash.
Dobre pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and sentenced to 28 months in the slammer.
“She was a flight attendant for a number of years, with different airlines. She was well paid,” said her defense lawyer, Paul Cliff, who added that Dobre was devastated when she lost her job.
“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 said, according to the newspaper.
“Since her arrest, he has disappeared into the ether and she has not been able to contact him,” Cliff said, referring to the man she met on the app.
“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.”
He added: “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.”
But the judge was unmoved.
“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,” Judge David Fletcher told the fallen flight crew member.