Brittney Griner Claims She Mistakenly Packed Marijuana Vape Cartridges In Luggage While Pleading Guilty To Drug Charges In Russia

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  • Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges in Russian court on Thursday morning.”
  • Griner claims that she did not intend to break Russian law and mistakenly packed Marijuana vape cartridges in a hurry before traveling through Moscow airport.
  • Griner’s admission of guilt could be the first step in prisoner swap negotiations between the US and Russia.

The Brittney Griner saga has taken another turn.

On Thursday morning, the WNBA star appeared in court in Russia and pleaded guilty to drug charges after she was accused of bringing in vape cartridges filled with cannabis oil into a Moscow airport.

Via Reuters

– U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner pleaded guilty in a Russian court on Thursday to drugs charges that could see her face 10 years in prison, a Reuters journalist reported from the courtroom.

“I’d like to plead guilty, your honour. But there was no intent. I didn’t want to break the law,” Griner said, speaking English which was then translated into Russian for the court.

“I’d like to give my testimony later. I need time to prepare,” she added.

The next court hearing was scheduled for 14 July.

According to ESPN’s TJ Quinn, Griner told the judge that she had no intention of breaking Russian law and mistakenly ‘packed in a hurry.”

Quinn went on to report that Griner’s admission of guilt could be the first step in prisoner swap negotiations between Russia and the US.