In 2019, a white American woman was arrested in Russia for trying to enter the country with 19 grams of THC, much more than WNBA star Brittney Griner had at the time of her detention.
The story of Audrey Lorber has resurfaced amid Griner getting sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for “smuggling” 0.7 grams of THC in a wax vape cartridge.
Lorber was 19 years old when she was found guilty of smuggling 17 grams of THC into Russia while on a family vacation.
WNBA player Angel McCoughtry took to Twitter on Friday to point out the disparity between the two sentences.
“Y’all surprised,” McCoughtry captioned the tweet.
Brittney Griner detained for over 5 months
Now that Griner has been sentenced to nine years in prison, the diplomatic part of the process to get her back home is underway.
Griner’s team, however, will reportedly appeal the sentence.
The WNBA star has been detained for more than five months now.
The United States will do a prisoner swap with Russia to free Griner in exchange for in exchange for a Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.