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Brittney Griner was back in court on Thursday after pleading guilty on Tuesday.

Last week, Griner pled guilty to smuggling a small amount of cannabis oil into Russia back in February.

The WNBA star did not testify on the third day of her trial, but character witnesses testified on her behalf.

Journalists were denied access to the courtroom. But the director of the team Griner plays for was allowed to take the witness stand.

"Our task today was to tell the court about her characteristics as an athlete, as a person — tell about how she played a big role in the success of the Ektaerinburg club and Russian women's basketball as a whole," said UMMC Ekaterinburg club director Maxim Rybakov.

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"Today is the first day when we have seen our basketball player since February. Thank God, she feels well, looks good," Rybakov said.

Griner's Russian teammate Evgenia Belyakova testified that "Brittney has always been a very good teammate, so my role here is just to be with her, to support her."

"We miss her very much, we miss her energy," Belyakova added. "I was very happy to see her, and I hope this trial will be over soon and with a positive outcome."

Griner joked with Rybakov and Belyakova as she was led into court.

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A team doctor said Griner had some medical conditions, including ADHD, that were alleviated by cannabis oil.

The doctor said ADHD may have caused her to be distracted when she was packing her bag and she didn't realize the cannabis oil was in there.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA All-Star, is expected to be questioned by the prosecution and the defense when her trial resumes on Friday.

A judge ordered her detained until December 20.
 

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Russian customs officials found "multiple" vape pen cartridges in Brittney Griner's carry-on bag when she was detained at a Moscow airport in February.

Griner, 31, was arrested after a search of her luggage turned up various vape pen cartridges. Each cartridge contained a gram of marijuana oil extract.

Russian Federal Customs Service announced her arrest on Saturday, March 5. She was accused of transporting illegal drugs into the country - a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

According to MSN News, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Pres. Joe Biden assigned an embassy team to work on Griner's case in Moscow.

However, U.S. diplomats working to release Griner were informed that customs officials found "multiple" weed oil cartridges in her luggage. The amount was more than a small quantity for "personal use."

Personal use drug possession is a misdemeanor in the United States.

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NBA legend Reggie Miller is among those calling for Griner's release.

"I hope for a safe passage back for Brittney," said Miller, whose sister is Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller.

"Again, you know, not knowing all the particulars, I know it's not right for them to detain her," Miller said. "I don't even think we know where she is, I'm sure the State Department does, but there's still very little information that's coming out of Russia right now. That's what's a little bit disturbing."

The Baylor University star was the No. 1 overall draft pick by Phoenix in 2013. The seven-time WNBA All-Star came out as a lesbian that same year.

Gays and lesbians face social challenges in Russia where homosexuality is frowned upon.

Griner earned $1.5 million a year in Russia — 6 times her WNBA base salary of $215,000. She won championships for Russia in 7 seasons.

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A new image of WNBA star Brittney Griner was released by Russian State Media on Tuesday. The mugshot shows Griner, 31, wearing all black and holding a sheet of paper in front of her.

Griner was arrested in early February at a Moscow airport shortly after she arrived on a flight from New York City. Her arrest was announced by Russian authorities on Saturday.

The 6-foot-9 Phoenix Mercury center was charged with smuggling drugs into the country after customs officials searched her luggage and found a vape pen containing cannabis oil.

Her current location is unknown.

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Griner is among many WNBA players who compete overseas during the WNBA off season.

She reportedly earned $1 million per year and played 7 seasons in Russian.

Griner may spend years in a Russian prison, according to a former U.S. Department of Justice employee.

ESPN's TJ Quinn quoted Tom Firestone, legal advisor to the US Embassy in Moscow, in a series of Twitter posts.

"There’s little information on Griner's situation, but experts I've spoken to (like Tom Firestone, former DOJ legal advisor to US Embassy in Moscow, who joined me on air) say she's teetering between two legal paths."

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Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia on charges that she smuggled hashish oil in her luggage three weeks ago.

According to the Russia Federal Customs Service, Griner, 31, was arrested at the Sheremetyevo International Airport in February after a drug-sniffing dog alerted customs officials to her luggage.

The Houston native had flown to Moscow from New York in February, where customs officers searched her luggage and allegedly discovered small cartridges containing hashish oil, also known as cannabis oil.

Griner was arrested and charged with smuggling "narcotic drugs" into the country, according to a statement released by the Customs Service.

"We are aware of the situation with Brittney Griner in Russia and are in close contact with her, her legal representation in Russia, her family, her teams, and the WNBA and NBA," Griner's agent Lindsay Kagawa Colas told ESPN in a statement Saturday.

Colas added that Griner's "mental and physical health remain our primary concern" as she has been detained in a Russian jail cell for three weeks.

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The WNBA also issued a statement to ESPN:

"Brittney Griner has the WNBA's full support and our main priority is her swift and safe return to the United States."

The Phoenix Mercury said they are "in constant contact" with Griner's family, her representation, and both the WNBA and NBA. "We love and support Brittney," the team said, adding that her "safety" is their "main concern."

USA Basketball said Griner traveled to Russia after the U.S. State Department issued a "do not travel" advisory on January 23, before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

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Griner and head coach Geno Auriemma celebrated winning the Women's basketball Gold Medal against Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

The WNBA star is one of several American athletes competing in the Russian Premiere League to earn extra cash during the WNBA's off-season.

Griner faces 5 to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Rapper Juice Wrld reportedly swallowed several Percocet pills to hide them from police before they could search him at an airport.

Juice Wrld, real name Jarad Higgins, reportedly swallowed the narcotic painkillers after arriving on a private jet at Chicago's Midway Airport around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

The rapper and his entourage were detained in a private hangar away from the main airport terminal while federal drug agents conducted searches of their bags.

The feds and other officers were waiting for the plane to arrive from Los Angeles after the pilot called ahead to inform police that the rapper was traveling with guns and 70 pounds of marijuana.

As the agents were going through two carts of luggage, Higgins — "began convulsing (and) going into a seizure," sources tell The Chicago Tribune. An agent administered two doses of Narcan, an emergency treatment to reverse the effects of opioid overdose.

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Medics revived Higgins but he was disoriented and bleeding from the mouth after possibly biting his tongue.

The Chicago-born rapper, who turned 21 on Dec. 2, went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 3:14 a.m, about an hour after he collapsed.

A search of the plane turned up 41 "vacuum-sealed" bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup with no labels, two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets, law enforcement sources told The Tribune.

No one on board the flight claimed ownership of the drugs and no charges were filed. Two security guards were arrested for carrying loaded weapons inside an airport.

Percocet is a Schedule II narcotic that contains Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and the opioid oxycodone (OxyContin). Percocet sells for $10-$40 per pill on the street. OxyContin can fetch $40-$80 per pill on the street.

Rappers usually take the pills with lean, aka purple drank. Lean is a concoction of codeine cough syrup, Jolly Rancher candy and a soda beverage.

Lean and Percocets or OxyContin are the drugs of choice for rappers like Juice Wrld who rapped extensively about his drug addictions in his songs.

Rapper Joyner Lucas criticized other rappers for glorifying drug use.

"Juice wrld was 21," Lucas tweeted on Monday. "He was a product of our generation of rappers who glorified drugs and made it cool. Im blaming Yal n***** for this shit. all that lean and pills n***** glorify and talk about. You teaching the kids to do it. Smh you happy now?Rip @JuiceWorlddd. Gone too soon."

Canadian rapper Drake mourned Juice in an Instagram post, saying "I would like to see all the younger talent live longer and I hate waking up hearing another story filled with blessings was cut short".

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A JetBlue flight attendant was busted in NYC after she kicked off her expensive designer heels and fled LAX Airport, leaving 70 pounds of cocaine behind.

Marsha Gay Reynolds surrendered to federal agents in New York City when she stepped off a flight at John F. Kennedy Airport on Wednesday.

Authorities say Reynolds aroused suspicion on Friday when Transportation Security Administration officials asked her to step aside at a random checkpoint at LAX.

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Customs and Border protection officers stationed at JFK airport in NYC, thought they had seen every type of drug smuggling trick imaginable. But yesterday's drug seizure was a first for them.

Two Bronx women returning to JFK airport on a JetBlue flight from the Dominican Republic caught the eye of customs officials. Something looked odd about the shape of the women's bodies. And when drug sniffing dogs came near, the dogs went wild, Mail Online reports.

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