A college student from New York City was arrested and is getting held in Russia for allegedly possessing a handful of grams of healthcare marijuana, authorities stated.
Audrey Eliza Lorber had 19.05 grams, about two-thirds of an ounce, of cannabis in her belongings when she was searched at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, according to a statement by the St. Petersburg court program.
Authorities stated Lorber’s contraband was for medicinal purposes but that the “patent for marijuana use in a healthcare system issued in the United States that the accused carried with her does not apply to the territory of the Russian Federation,” according to the St. Petersburg court statement.
That statement was issued on Sept. two, but did not say when the alleged offense occurred.
“We are conscious of the reports of a U.S. citizen was arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia,” the U.S. State Division stated in a statement on Monday.
We are conscious of the reports of a U.S. citizen was arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia,” the U.S. State Division stated in a statement on Monday.
“We take seriously our duty to help U.S. citizens abroad. Due to privacy considerations, we have no additional comment,” the statement stated.
Lorber is a student at Pace University in New York, the college confirmed. She calls herself an aspiring filmmaker on her LinkedIn web page.
“I’m operating to assistance get Audrey dwelling as quickly as feasible due to the fact no American citizen should really be held in jail for a healthcare situation,” Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., stated in a statement more than the weekend.
Rose represents the New York City borough of Staten Island exactly where Lorder lives.
A lady who picked up the telephone listed for Lorber’s Staten Island dwelling declined to comment on Monday.