Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner arrested in Russia with vape cartridges, multiple reports say
Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner was reportedly arrested in Russia last month after she was found with vaping cartridges
Griner was reportedly arrested in February when officials found "vape cartridges in her carry-on luggage at a Moscow airport," The New York Post said, citing Russian news sources. The cartridges reportedly contained cannabis oil, those reports said
Video from the Russian Federal Customs Service allegedly shows what appears to be Griner getting her bag searched at the airport in Russia. ABC News has verified the video
In Phoenix, sports fans told ABC15 they were worried about Griner's safety. Quintin Lewis said the potential 10-year sentence seemed overboard
"Are they using her as a pawn for what's happening in a global war," he asked, rhetorically. "What's really happening?"
Lewis' wife, Rebecca, expressed similar concerns. She said she hopes the White House intervenes. "And I say be as defensive as administration as Brittney is on the court and win," she said
A report from The New York Times states Griner was taken into custody during the investigation and "a criminal case has been opened into the large-scale transportation of drugs, which can carry a sentence of up to 10 years behind bars in Russia