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WNBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia and could face up to 10 years in prison after customs officers found “vapes” containing hashish oil in her luggage back in February, reports say.
The Russian Federal Customs Service released a statement Saturday confirming that an American “two-time Olympic basketball champion” had been taken into custody in February after a narcotics’ dog at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow alerted the athlete’s luggage.
The New York Times first reported Griner’s arrest, citing Russian news agency TASS.
“After scanning the bag, the customs officers noticed vapes,” a translation of the statement read. “The experts found that the cartridges for them contain liquid with hash oil.”
The agency released a video of the incident that appeared to show Griner going through security.
According to the statement, Griner could face anywhere between 5-10 years if found guilty.
“We are aware of the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in close contact with her, her legal representation in Russia, her family, her teams, and the WNBA and NBA,” the statement read. “As this is an ongoing legal matter, we are not able to comment further on the specifics of her case but can confirm that as we work to get her home, her mental and physical health remain our primary concern.”
The WNBA also told the outlet that Griner has the league’s “full support” and her safe return is their “top priority.”
It was not immediately clear if Griner was still in police custody.