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Brittney Griner: Basketball star jailed for nine years on drug charges

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 4th August, 2022 09:46:18 PM
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A Russian court has sentenced US basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison on drug charges.

She was also ordered to pay a fine of one million roubles (£13,430; $16,300), reports BBC.

Ms Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges but has denied deliberately breaking the law.

The 31-year-old Olympic gold medallist was detained in February at an airport near Moscow when vape cartridges containing cannabis oil were found in her luggage.

Cannabis is illegal in Russia.