Brittney Griner Reportedly Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges In Russia (Update)

Brittney Griner Reportedly Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges In Russia (Update)

Brittney Griner reportedly appeared in a Russian court on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges.

According to a tweet from Front Office Sports, “WNBA star Brittney Griner appeared in Moscow court today, where she reportedly pleaded not guilty to drug charges.” The account added, “The court has extended detention for another two months, per @tass_agency.”

It was also announced that “Griner’s arrest has been extended until May 19th, according to Russian state news,” CNN reports.

As previously reported, WNBA star and Olympic Champion Brittney Griner has been arrested in Russia on drug smuggling charges and potentially facing up to 10 years in prison.

According to The New York Times, the Russian Federal Customs Service officials detained Brittney after finding vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage.

The Customs Service said that its officials had detained a U.S. player who had won two Olympic gold medals, but did not release her name. Russian news service later identified the player as 31-year-old Brittney Griner. A security video viewed by the Times shows a player that appears to be Griner going through security wearing a sweatshirt and face mask, then it shows someone, presumably a customs employee, removing something from her bag. 

According to independent Russian news agency Interfax, the arrest happened in February, just after Griner had arrived at Sheremetyevo Airport from New York.

Roomies, we’ll keep you updated.

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