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WNBA champion and two-time Olympic Gold medalist Britney Greener has been detained in Russia and faces up to 10 years in prison after customs officers found “vapes” containing hashish oil in her luggage in February.
The Federal Customs Service of Russia reported Fr. statement Saturday, which confirms that the American “two-time Olympic basketball champion” was taken into custody in February after a dog drug at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow warned the athlete’s luggage.
The New York Times The first reported the arrest of Greener, citing the Russian news agency TASS.
“After scanning the bag, customs officers noticed vapes,” the statement said. “Experts have found that the cartridges for them have a liquid with slaked oil.”
The agency released a video of the incident, which shows Greener passing through security.
According to the statement, Grener faces 5 to 10 years if convicted.
“We are aware of the situation with Britney Greener 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 said. “As this is an ongoing legal case, we cannot comment further on the specifics of her case, but we can confirm that as long as we work to bring her home, her mental and physical health remains our main concern.”
The WNBA also said Greener has “full support” for the league, and its safe return is their “top priority”.
It was not immediately clear whether Greener was still in custody.