Russia extends drug detention of US basketball star Griner

American basketball star Brittney Griner, seen at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, has been arrested in Russia on drug charges.

A Russian court on Friday extended the preventive detention on drug charges of US basketball star Brittney Griner, state media said, as a US consular officer was able to see her.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion, was detained at Moscow airport in February on charges of carrying cannabis oil vape cartridges in her luggage, which could carry a 10-year prison sentence.

Griner’s arrest came days before Russia defied US warnings and sent troops into Ukraine, prompting Western powers to impose sweeping sanctions and send military aid to kyiv.

A consular officer from the US embassy in Moscow met with her on the sidelines of the hearing on Friday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

The WNBA has said it is working to bring Griner home and honored her when the final season began in May.

He was playing club basketball in Russia before the US season resumed, a common practice for American stars looking for extra income.

In the exchange, Russia freed Trevor Reed, a former US Marine accused of fighting with police while intoxicated.


Originally published as Russia extends drug detention of American basketball star Griner

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