Why is Brittney Griner detained in Russia?

Brittney Griner was detained while going through Russian customs on March 5, 2022. Russia claims Griner was smuggling hashish oil in the vape cartridges found in her bag and escorted her to jail on drug charges.

Griner’s agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, said in a statement, “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 W.N.B.A. and N.B.A.”

Why is Brittney Griner detained in Russia?

Russia’s Customs Service released a video showing a traveler going through security as someone examines a package that appears to have come from the traveler’s bag.

NPR reported on March 17 that the Moscow region’s Khimkinsky court said they will be detaining Griner for at least two more months.

“The court granted the petition of the investigation and extended the term of U.S. citizen Griner’s detention until May 19,” TASS, a Russian news agency, reported the court said.

Griner’s agent would not provide additional information to news agencies and said, “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.”

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