Thursday, July 07, 2022

Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges in Russia

Nearly six months ago WNBA player Brittney Griner was arrested Russia after authorities found a cannabis vape pen and hashish oil cartridges in her luggage [click here if you missed that]. 

Brittney has pleaded guilty to the charges...

From CBS News   
WNBA star Brittney Griner pleaded guilty in Russia on Thursday to drug possession and smuggling charges, telling a Moscow court she brought marijuana into the country by accident.
Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after Russian officials claimed she had cannabis oil in her luggage. A Russian judge ordered Griner, the Phoenix Mercury center who played in Russia during the WNBA off-season, to remain in custody.
"I would like to plead guilty on the charges against me, but I had no intention on breaking any Russian law," she said in court. "I was in a rush packing and the cartridges accidentally ended up in my bags."
The WNBA player is expected to give her testimony at a later date and has requested time to prepare for it. The session adjourned until July 14.
If convicted on drug smuggling charges, Griner could face 10 years in a Russian prison.