Basketball star Brittney Griner faces drug smuggling charges in Russia

Gold medalist Brittney Griner, who won a double-cross in Olympic basketball, is being investigated by Russian authorities for drug pirating charges which can result in as long as 10 years in prison.

Griner, 31, a Phoenix Mercury player who plays in Russia during the WNBA's slow time of year, was captured  

February 17 at a Moscow air terminal, seven days before Russia attacked Ukraine 

Griner's allies and US authorities say she is unfairly kept and have required her delivery as fears mount that she is being utilized as a political pawn in the midst of rising pressures among Russia and the US.

At the preliminary, Griner was blamed by an examiner for sneaking under a gram of pot oil in her gear.

"Being adequately mindful that the development of opiate drugs isn't permitted... no later than February 17, 2022 at a vague area under undefined conditions from a unidentified individual [Griner] purchased two cartridges for individual use, 

which contained 0.252 grams and 0.45 grams of hash oil, adding up to 0.702 grams," the examiner expressed, as per a TASS journalist in the lobby of the Khimki City Court.

The indictment contends that Griner planned to bring the medications into Russia's region and placed the restricted substances into a rucksack and a bag, as per TASS 

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