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For market updates from the SoFi daily podcast. What to know about WNBA star Brittany greiner's detention in Russia. By Josiah Bates. WNBA star Brittany griner is reportedly being held by Russian authorities. After they allegedly found hashish oil on her while she was attempting to leave the country. At a moment when the world's eyes are on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the basketball players arrest has been surrounded by an extra layer of tension. Griner a member of the Phoenix mercury was playing professionally in Russia during the WNBA's off season. Griner is a 7 time all star with the mercury, and won a championship with the team in 2014. She's also a two time Olympic gold medalist, and won a national championship at Baylor university. As the Russia Ukraine conflict continued on March 5th, the State Department urged all U.S. citizens in the country to leave, and also issued a do not travel advisory for the country. Here's what to know about the arrest. Griner has spent the last 7 off seasons playing in Russia, her last game this season was on January 29th. And that there was nothing unusual about grinders situation, griner was one of a handful in Russia specifically. And a lot of situations, they're paid more overseas than they are in the United States. Griner, for example, made $227,900 a year playing in the WNBA, but in Russia, she was reportedly paid over $1 million a year. Other WNBA players to have competed in Russia during the off season include Seattle storm forward, breanna Stewart, Phoenix mercury guard, Diana taurasi, and Connecticut sun center Jean quill Jones, on Saturday, The New York Times reported that Russian officials had griner and custody after they found a vape pen with hashish oil in her luggage as she was going through security at the Shar airport in Moscow, a video released by the Russian federal customs service appears to show grinder going through security. The precise date of her arrest is not publicly known. Grinder's agent did not respond to a request for comment. We are aware of the situation with Brittany griner in Russia, and are in close contact with her, her legal representation in Russia, her family, her teams, and the WNBA and NBA. Lindsay kagawa Cola, her agent, said earlier in a statement reported by The Associated Press, as this is an ongoing legal matter, we are not able to comment further on the specifics of her case, but can confirm that, as we work to get her home, her mental and physical health remain our primary concern. On Saturday, the Phoenix mercury, USA basketball, and the WNBA, all put out statements in support of griner. In a separate statement, the WNBA's player association said they'll continue to closely monitor the situation. Our utmost concern is Britney greiner's safety and well-being, the WNBA said. Grinder's wife, Cheryl grinder, posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday, thanking people for their support. She posted another photo on Monday, expressing sorrow for not seeing, or hearing from grinder. I miss your voice, I miss your presence, Cheryl greiner, said in a post. There are no words to express this pain. I'm hurting. We're hurting. According to the times, a criminal case has been opened against griner because of large scale transportation of drugs. She could face up to ten years in prison. It's unclear where she is currently being held or what the next steps in the process are. A petition has started online called secure Britney greiner's swift and safe return to the U.S.. On the surface, grinders detention appears to have little to do with the conflict in Ukraine. Drugs are one of the most common reasons why U.S. citizens are detained when traveling internationally. However, the level of tension and concern about the treatment of an American in Russia at this moment remains high..