It really is concerning that 23-year-old Emirates flight attendant Derrin Crawford remains jailed in a Dubai prison. Either we are missing something from the story or you really need to watch your company when visiting the UAE.
Emirates Flight Attendant Jailed Over Joints In Boyfriend’s Apartment
As told by Crawford’s attorney, Crawford was on a date with a British expat when police raided his apartment. Crawford was arrested on “suspicion of possession of illegal narcotics with intent to supply” after two marijuana joints and some pills were found. A drug test was performed and came back negative: nothing was found in her system.
This occurred on June 21st. Almost a month later, Crawford remains in jail awaiting the decision of Dubai’s Public Prosecution Service on whether to prosecute her. She is apparently surviving on bread and jam in a Dubai jail and developed septic tonsilitis.
A Dubai Police spokesperson told the UK DailyMail:
“Two British nationals were arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics with the intent to supply.
“They were taken into custody and charged with possession of cannabis, pills, and other items that are classified as illegal substances in the United Arab Emirates. The Dubai Police has referred the case to the Public Prosecution and the accused are currently out on bail.
“The UAE has a zero-tolerance policy for the recreational use of drugs. The penalty for personal possession can be up to 10 years imprisonment, and drug trafficking can result in a life sentence.”
Something in the story doesn’t add up. The couple was not indicted under the Tawajed Clause, a portion of Dubai’s morality code which states that people of opposite sex cannot be alone together unless they are married or family. Those laws are rarely enforced in Dubai, but remain on the books. But why would the police happen barge in on a date? Talk about bad timing…
Crawford’s attorney says there were only two joints…but is that the case? What about the other pills? How many were there and what were they for? The UAE has strict laws in this area as well, with many over-the-counter drugs in much of the world requiring a prescription in the UAE.
My gut tells me there’s a lot more to this story.
Dubai has very strict laws on drug possession. Two joints theoretically could land you in a jail for 10 years. Maybe that’s it. Maybe Crawford was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. If so, I hope she is quickly released and allowed to exit the country.