Russia arrests US Olympic basketball champion for drugs

Brittney Griner was arrested after vape cartridges were found in her carry-on luggage at a Moscow airport.

Russia arrests US Olympic basketball champion for drugs

An inspection of the luggage of the US citizen who arrived on a flight from New York in February "confirmed the presence of 'vapes' (and) a liquid with a specific smell".

Agency Report

Russia said Saturday it had arrested an American two-time Olympic basketball champion, Brittney Griner, on narcotics charges as tensions between Moscow and the West soar over Russia's military actions in Ukraine.

A statement by the Russian Federal Customs Service said that an inspection of hand luggage carried by a US citizen who arrived on a flight from New York in February "confirmed the presence of 'vapes' (and) a liquid with a specific smell".

An expert had found that the liquid was the narcotic cannabis oil (hash oil), the statement said.

The statement said that she was "a member of the US National Basketball Association, a two-time Olympic basketball champion in the US team".

Griner faces a potential jail term of 5 to 10 years, the customs service said.

Many women basketballers who play in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) spend the American off-season playing in European leagues, including the Russian and Ukrainian leagues.

AFP

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