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WNBA Star Brittney Griner Arrested In Russia For Allegedly Smuggling Drugs



WNBA Star Brittney Griner Arrested In Russia On Drug Charges 

WNBA Star Brittney Griner Arrested In Russia On Drug Charges

WNBA All-Star and Olympic champion Brittney Griner is facing between 5 to 10 years in a Russian prison after she was arrested on drug smuggling charges when she was found with vape cartridges in her carry-on luggage at a Moscow airport.

Many online Russian sources claim that Brittney was found with a “large amount” of cartridges in her baggage, suggesting that the drugs may not have been just for her consumption.

Russia’s Interfax news agency said a female US basketball player was arrested in February, at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow after arriving on a flight from New York.


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A drug sniffing dog indicated narcotics in luggage, and when the bag was X-rayed, “so-called ‘vapes’” were discovered “with a specific order,” according to Interfax, which cited the Russian Federal Customs Service.

“The expert found that the liquid is a narcotic drug cannabis oil (hashish oil),” Interax said.

Interfax said she was detained as a “preventive measure.” There was no indication she was released.

Cannabis in Russia is illegal. Possession of up to 6 grams (or two grams of hashish) is an administrative offense, punishable by a fine or detention of 15 days. There are speculation that Brittney’s possession is of a larger amount, and therefore is a criminal offense.

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