Khimki, Russia: Russian court found on Thursday US basketball star Britney Griner He was found guilty of intentionally bringing cannabis-infused e-cigarette cartridges into Russia.
Her sentencing is due Thursday and could pave the way for a high-profile prisoner swap between Russia and the United States. dealer.
Griner pleaded with a Russian judge not to “end her life” with a harsh prison sentence for bringing in vape cartridges containing hash oil.
Russian prosecutors have sought to sentence two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA star Griner to nine and a half years in prison for bringing illegal drugs into Russia.
Griner was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on February 17. Although she pleaded guilty, she said she had no intention of bringing the banned substance into Russia nor did she intend to harm anyone.
In a tearful statement before the verdict, Griner pleaded with the judge to admit her actions were erroneous.
“I made an honest mistake and I hope that by your ruling it doesn’t end my life here,” Griner said.
Vape cartridges have thrown Texas athletes into the geopolitical chaos triggered by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deployment of troops to Ukraine on February 24.
Britney Griner found guilty of importing cannabis cartridges into Russia
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