Brittney Griner Sent To Russian Penal Colony To Serve Sentence
WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner, right, enters a cage in a courtroom prior to a hearing in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool Photo via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) – American basketball star Brittney Griner’s lawyers say she has been sent to a penal colony in Russia to serve her sentence for drug possession.

A Russian court rejected an appeal of her nine-year sentence last month.

The eight-time all-star center with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury was convicted Aug. 4.

Police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

Griner’s arrest came at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington.

The politically charged case could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow.

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