A Moscow court announced it had extended the arrest of WNBA star Brittney Griner until May 19, according to Russian news agency Tass.
Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges. They were identified as containing cannabis-derived oil, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
“The court granted the request for an investigation and extended the period of detention of US citizen Griner until May 19,” the court said, according to Tass.
The US Embassy in Moscow did not immediately respond to calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Griner, 31, one of women’s basketball’s most recognizable players, won two Olympic gold medals with the United States, a WNBA championship with the Phoenix Mercury and a national championship at Baylor. She is a seven-time All-Star.
The WNBA season begins May 6.
Griner has played in Russia for the past seven years this winter, earning more than $1 million per season, more than four times his WNBA salary. She last played for her Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg on January 29 before the league took a two-week break in early February for the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournaments. She was arrested in Moscow upon her return to Russia.
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