WNBA’s Brittney Griner Detained in Russia: Everything We Know | TMZ Now

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia since February after Russian customs officials say a drug dog alerted her carry-on luggage at an airport near Moscow. They claimed the luggage contained hashish oil — for a vape.

Officials now say they’ve launched a drug trafficking investigation, and if convicted, Griner could face a decade behind bars in Russia.
The released mugshot is significant because Grinder has not been seen or heard from publicly in weeks.

However, the family of Texas marine who has also been locked up in Russia since 2019 is ‘highly skeptical’ of the allegations surrounding Brittney, because they have seen the Russians fabricate criminal cases.

Now that the Russian government has a high-profile American prisoner, the Phoenix Mercury star could become a pawn, or bargaining chip for Vladimir Putin in regards to recent sanctions imposed by President Joe Biden.

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