Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges

Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges

Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges as her trial continued in Russian court on Thursday

admitting to bringing cannabis into the country but saying she had packed in a hurry and did not intend to break the law.

The Phoenix Mercury Center and Olympic medalist could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

It was Griner's second court appearance since her trial began in earnest last Friday

A judge had previously ordered her to be detained for the length of the trial,

which her lawyer has said could last up to two months and will likely involve

everal hearings by the prosecution before the defense gets its turn

Another hearing is scheduled for next Thursday.

Griner was arrested on Feb. 17 — a week before Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine

after authorities at Sheremetyevo International Airport allegedly found cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage.

She was traveling there because she plays for a Russian team during the U.S. offseason

which many WNBA players do to supplement their incomes.

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