Brittney Griner's Detention in Russia Extended for a Third Time: State Media

Brittney Griner's Detention in Russia Extended for a Third Time: State Media

WNBA star Brittney Griner will reportedly be held in Russia for at least two more weeks.

On Tuesday, Russian state media agency TASS reported that a court has ruled to keep the 31-year-old American basketball player in custody through at least July 2

according to CNN and ABC News. The latter outlet said that officials would be holding her longer at "the request of the investigation,

" a rep for for the said Khimki Court of the Moscow Region, according to TASS

This is the third time Griner's detention in the country has been extended since she was arrested at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow in February

There, officials allegedly found vape cartridges containing hash oil, an illegal substance in Russia, in her luggage

In May, the U.S. State Department officially classified Griner as wrongfully detained by the Russian Federation. According to the Associated Press,

Griner's case is now being handled by the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs

which focuses on hostage release and freeing Americans around the world it determines have been wrongfully detained

State Department spokesperson Ned Price told CNN Tuesday that the department learned about this latest extension via Russian state media

and that the American consulate in Russia last had access to Griner in May.