Police at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport claimed to have discovered vape cartridges carrying cannabis oil in Brittney Griner's luggage, leading to her conviction on August 4.
Brittney Griner is a two-time Olympic gold winner and an eight-time WNBA all-star centre for the Phoenix Mercury.
According to Russian news agencies, Brittney Griner's attorneys have appealed the nine-year sentence she received in Russia for drug possession. This comes as the US and Russia are in negotiations for a possible high-profile prisoner swap.
Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and an eight-time all-star centre for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, was found guilty on August 4 after authorities claimed they discovered marijuana oil-filled vape cartridges in her luggage at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.
Griner acknowledged having the canisters in her suitcase but claimed she had packed them accidentally while rushing and had no malicious intent. Her defence team provided formal confirmation that she had received a cannabis prescription for pain relief.
Griner admitted that the canisters were in her bag, but she insisted that she had packed them by accident while rushing and had no malice in her heart. Her defence team officially confirmed that she had been prescribed cannabis for pain relief.