Star Brittney Griner arrested in Russia for drug trafficking

Olympic champion and WNBA star Brittney Griner has been arrested in Russia for drug trafficking after she was found with vape cartridges in her carry-on luggage at a Moscow airport, according to Russian news sources.

Russian news agency Interfax said an American basketball player was arrested in February at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after arriving on a flight from New York.

A drug-sniffing dog indicated narcotics in the luggage, and when the bag was x-rayed, “so-called ‘vapes'” were discovered “with a specific order”, according to Interfax, which quoted the Russian Federal Customs Service.

“The expert found that the liquid is cannabis oil (hash oil),” Interax said.

The independent Russian news site identified the player as Griner.

Griner has been absent from social media since February 5.
Paul Beaty

USA Basketball did not immediately respond to a request for information. Griner hasn’t posted on his Instagram account since Feb. 5.

Griner, 31, a member of 2014 WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury and the 2016 Olympics gold medalist team, has played in the WNBA offseason for Russian Euroleague side Yekaterinburg since 2015.

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