U.S. offers deal for return of Griner, who faces 10 years for cannabis oil possession

U.S. offers deal for return of Griner, who faces 10 years for cannabis oil possession



The Biden administration made an offer to bring home star American basketball player Brittney Griner, arrested in Russia in February for possession of vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. 

Griner, whose wife is Little Rock native Cherelle Griner (nee Watson), has been at the center of a high-stakes diplomatic battle that began earlier this year as Russia was beginning its invasion of neighboring Ukraine. According to reports, the United States has offered to trade Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout for Griner and Paul Whelan, an American serving a 16-year sentence in Russia for espionage.