Kevin C. Cox
American basketball star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia after Moscow-area airport authorities reportedly found vape pen cartridges that contained hashish oil among her belongings, according to reports.
The W.N.B.A. Phoenix Mercury all-star player is now under investigation for drug trafficking, The Russian Federal Customs Service said in a statement on Saturday, an offense that could lead to a 10-year prison sentence. Russian media indicated that Griner was arrested in February, although reports failed to specify the exact date. Griner has not posted on her Instagram account since Feb. 5.
According to the Customs Service, Griner was arriving at the Moscow-based airport Sheremetyevo on a flight from New York when a police dog alerted officials to her luggage. Her bags were then X-rayed, where the vape cartridges containing narcotic cannabis oil were allegedly discovered. Griner has been in Russian police custody since her arrest.