Russia says holding US Olympic basketball champion on drugs charge

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Washington (AFP) – US basketball star Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion, has been detained in Moscow on charges of carrying vape cartridges that contained cannabis oil in her luggage. A statement on Saturday from the Russian Federal Customs Service announcing her arrest came as tensions between Moscow and the West have soared over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It wasn’t clear exactly how long Griner had been in custody, with the customs service saying only that the arrest occurred “in February.” According to the statement, an inspection of hand luggage carried…

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