Phoenix Mercury meet with State Department

The State Department confirmed meeting with representatives of the Phoenix Mercury on Monday about Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia, the Associated Press reported.

The meeting involved officials from the specialized office that advocates for hostages and wrongfully detained Americans.

The AP reported that no other details were offered about the meeting.

Griner has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17, after vaping cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage while going through an airport outside of Moscow.

She could land in prison for 10 years on drug smuggling charges.

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After Sunday’s game, Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard told reporters that the team was expecting to be briefed on Monday.

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