American basketball player detained in Russia pleads guilty

American basketball player Britney Grenier, who was arrested in Russia, pleaded guilty on Thursday to alleged drug dealing charges.

“I would like to plead guilty,” Grenier told the Khimki District Court in the Moscow region, emphasizing that “she had no intention of violating Russian law,” RIA Novosti reported, citing an interpreter.

“I was in a hurry to pack my bags, and packs (electronic cigarettes) ended up in my bag by mistake,” the American added.

The Court has set July 14 as the date for its next hearing.

Britney Grenier was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport last February on charges of trying to smuggle drugs into Russia.

E-cigarettes and cannabis oil were found in Grenier’s bags, according to Russian customs.

Grenier wrote a handwritten letter to President Joe Biden, delivered to the White House on Independence Day Monday, imploring him not to forget her cause after she spent several months in prison in Russia.

She demanded her release and expressed her fear that she would never be able to return to her country.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Karen-Jean-Pierre announced that President Biden had read the letter without revealing any details.

Later, US President Joe Biden wrote a letter to his fellow basketball player Britney Grenier, who was arrested in Russia on charges of drug possession, in response to her request to intervene and secure her release.

“President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with Cheryl Grenier, wife of Britney Grenier. The president assured Cheryl that he was working to secure Britney’s release as soon as possible. He also wrote a letter to be sent to Britney Grenier today: “, the White House said in a statement.

“The President has directed the Homeland Security team to remain in constant contact with Cheryl, Britney’s family, and the families of other Americans illegally held abroad,” the statement said.

Source: agencies

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