Brittney Griner Was 'Wrongfully Detained', U.S. Government Says

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"The U.S. State Department confirmed to USA TODAY Sports Tuesday afternoon that it has reclassified Brittney Griner as being "wrongfully detained" by the Russian government."

"Griner, the All-Star center of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, was arrested and detained in February"

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"after the Russian Federal Customs Service said they found vape cartridges with cannabis oil cartridges in her carry-on luggage."

"A drug-smuggling charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison."

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"A state department spokesman confirmed Griner's reclassification, adding that "the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is among the highest priorities of the U.S. Government"."

and said it will "continue to undertake efforts to prove appropriate support to Ms. Griner."

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"The spokesman declined to give details on how the State Department reached the conclusion that Griner was wrongfully detained."

"The new designation by the government could mean a shift in strategy to get Griner home. She is set to have a hearing May 19."

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