Love Island star Kaz Crossley ‘is jailed in Dubai on suspicion of drug offences’ – after she was filmed snorting suspicious white powder there two years ago
Love Island star Kaz Crossley has reportedly been jailed in Dubai on suspicion of drug offences, according to The Sun.
The publication has claimed that the reality star, 27, was detained at Abu Dhabi airport in transit for a flight to Thailand.
It comes after in 2020 she was filmed appearing to snort lines of suspicious white powder while marooned in the United Arab Emirates at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a video obtained by The Sun, she could be seen leaning over a table upon where lines of white powder were visible.
It was understood that the footage was taken during Kaz’s trip to Dubai in 2020, when the UK was in the midst of national lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Shock: Love Island star Kaz Crossley has reportedly been jailed in Dubai on suspicion of drug offences, according to The Sun
Kaz, wearing an orange midi dress, was seen holding a nostril as she snorted the powder during a party in the super-strict United Arab Emirates city.
Before her alleged arrest this week it is understood her name was flagged up as United Arab Emirates authorities are still probing the old video.
A source told the publication: ‘She was looking forward to getting back to Thailand where she has been doing voluntary work and all of a sudden she is languishing in a Dubai jail.
‘Everyone knows how strict they are about drugs over there. She must be terrified. She had only stopped off in Abu Dhabi to catch a connecting flight but her name has obviously raised a red flag.
‘She was allowed to send just one email and wasn’t even allowed to make a phone call.’
A Foreign Office spokesman said: ‘We are in contact with the local authorities following the arrest of a British national in the United Arab Emirates.’
Reps for Kaz have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.
Her last Instagram post was when she took a short trip to Dublin four days ago.
Living it up: A picture of Kaz posted earlier on said evening on Instagram showed her posing up a storm in the same orange dress, she added the caption: ‘So clean when I pull up to the scene’
In the 2020 video the beauty, who shot to fame on the ITV2 show in 2018, seemed unfazed by other partygoers around her as she leaned over the side table.
Dubai has zero tolerance when it comes to drug-related offences with penalties for possession of drugs (even residual amounts) being very severe.
Possession of even the smallest amount of illegal drugs can carry a minimum sentence of four years.
A picture of Kaz posted earlier on said evening on Instagram showed her posing up a storm in the same orange dress, she added the caption: ‘So clean when I pull up to the scene.’
A witness said: ‘Kaz was running with quite a hard partying crowd.
‘She certainly isn’t as squeaky clean as she makes out online.’
MailOnline contacted representatives of Kaz for comment at the time.
Busy bee: Kaz was one of many influencers who had travelled to Dubai for ‘work purposes’ when travelled was banned for UK citizens during the height of lockdown in 2020
Reality star: Kaz shot to fame on the ITV2 show in 2018 and has been influencing online ever since
Kaz was one of many influencers who had travelled to Dubai for ‘work purposes’ when travelled was banned for UK citizens during the height of lockdown last year.
Just days before the video was released, Kaz revealed she had purchased her second property as she shared snaps from her new Manchester abode.
Captioning her post, she penned: ‘Just got the keys to my second property and new home in Manchester!
‘Feels so surreal, I remember the days I couldn’t even afford the bus. Grateful for this journey.’