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US representative says he’s “extremely concerned” over Brittney Griner’s Russia detainment

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US representative Colin Allred said the Russian detainment of Olympic athlete Brittney Griner was “extremely concerning.”  Back in February, the openly gay basketball player was taken into custody for allegedly carrying hashish oil in her luggage.

However, the Russian Federal Customs Service didn’t announce Griner’s arrest until three weeks later. “As a US citizen was passing through the green channel at Sheremetyevo Airport upon arriving from New York, a working dog from the Sheremetyevo Customs canine department detected the possible presence of narcotic substances in the accompanying luggage,” customs officials said.

Alongside their statement, the authorities released a video that allegedly featured the player walking through security. If she’s convicted for “transporting drugs”, the 32-year old could potentially face up to 10 years in prison.

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