Russia mentioned Saturday it had arrested an American lady who’s a two-time Olympic basketball champion on narcotics expenses as tensions between Moscow and the West soar over Russia’s army actions in Ukraine.
A press release by the Russian Federal Customs Service mentioned that an inspection of hand baggage 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 skilled had discovered that the liquid was the narcotic hashish oil (hash oil), the assertion mentioned.
The assertion didn’t present the identification of the jailed lady however mentioned that she was “a member of the US National Basketball Association, a two-time Olympic basketball champion in the US team”.
However, Russian information company TASS, citing a legislation enforcement supply, recognized the participant as Brittney Griner, a seven-time Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) All-Star heart for the Phoenix Mercury.
The detained lady faces a possible jail time period of 5 to 10 years, the customs service mentioned.
Many ladies basketballers who play within the WNBA spend the American low season enjoying in European leagues, together with the Russian and Ukrainian leagues.