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US Olympic Champion Arrested in Russia Over Drug Smuggling, Russian Customs Service Says

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A two-time female Olympic basketball champion from the United States was arrested in Russia on charges of drug smuggling, the Federal Customs Service said on Saturday.
The woman, who arrived on a flight from New York to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in February, was passing the green corridor when a customs service dog smelled drugs in her luggage.
“The customs inspection of the hand luggage transported by the US citizen confirmed the presence of ‘vapes’ with a liquid with a specific smell, and an expert found that the liquid is a narcotic cannabis oil (hash oil),” the service said in a statement.
A criminal case has been launched against the woman whose name is not disclosed in the statement. She has been put under arrest while proceedings are underway, the service said.
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