British air hostess, 23, is arrested in Dubai over drugs bust

British air hostess, 23, is arrested in Dubai and held in notorious jail after police raid apartment of ‘British’ man she had just gone on first date with and find two cannabis joints

  • Derrin Craford, 23, went out for dinner with man and went back to his apartment
  • The apartment in Dubai, UAE was raided by police who found two cannabis joints
  • The British air hostess, of Liverpool, was held in a police station for several days
  • Officers ‘agreed to let her go if she tested negative for drugs’ but she is still in jail 

A British air hostess has been arrested in Dubai after getting caught up in a drugs bust on a first date.

Derrin Crawford, 23, who works for Emirates and is based in the United Arab Emirates, had been out for dinner with the man and agreed to go back to his apartment when it was raided by officers.

Her sister, Danielle, 28, told the Mail that police found two cannabis joints and arrested the pair.

Derrin Crawford, 23, who works for Emirates and is based in the United Arab Emirates, had been out for dinner with the man and agreed to go back to his apartment when it was raided by officers

Derrin, from Liverpool, was held in a police station for several days before being transferred to the notorious Al Barsha jail. In a tearful phone call home, she told Danielle that she had undergone blood tests for drugs and officers had agreed to let her go if they proved negative. 

Although the tests came in on Thursday – and proved Derrin had no drugs in her system – she is still in jail.

Danielle said: ‘She is innocent, she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police have been trying to interrogate her, but she doesn’t even know this guy.

Derrin, who lost her mother aged 11, and was raised by an aunt, moved to Dubai in September 2018 after securing a job with the airline. She was arrested on June 21 and managed to alert her family on June 25

‘When she was arrested the police took her phone, she managed to call me a few days later when she was being transferred to jail. At first I couldn’t understand what she was saying because she was just crying and crying. She didn’t eat or sleep for days.

‘She doesn’t drink or smoke and has a good job with Emirates, so it is a shame she has got caught up in all this. She’s only 23 and is just so scared.’

Derrin, who lost her mother aged 11, and was raised by an aunt, moved to Dubai in September 2018 after securing a job with the airline. 

She was arrested on June 21 and managed to alert her family on June 25. She is being kept in handcuffs in isolation in the prison.

The air hostess told relatives that she agreed to go on a date with the man, believed to be a fellow Brit and a marketing executive, from London, after meeting him on a night out.

The British Embassy in Dubai are understood to be looking into Derrin’s case, but have not yet visited her.

Danielle added: ‘I’m trying to get her a solicitor but I’m really concerned for her welfare.’

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: ‘We are supporting a British woman who is currently detained in the UAE and will look to visit her when local lockdown restrictions are lifted. We are in contact with Emirati authorities and have provided details of local lawyers to her family.’

The air hostess told relatives that she agreed to go on a date with the man, believed to be a fellow Brit and a marketing executive, from London, after meeting him on a night out

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