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WorldAmerican film student held in Russian jail for medical marijuana: Officials

07:25  10 september  2019
07:25  10 september  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

New York college student jailed for medical marijuana in Russia is freed

New York college student jailed for medical marijuana in Russia is freed Audrey Eliza Lorber, a student at Pace University in New York, pleaded guilty was fined around $230.

New York film student , 19, has been in a Russian jail for WEEKS after agents caught her with 19 grams of medical marijuana while she was enjoying a European vacation with her mother. Audrey Lorber, of Staten Island, was arrested at Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg after Russian agents found

An American college student is currently locked in a 300-year-old Russian jail after attempting to exit the country with U.S.-bought medical marijuana U.S. citizen Audrey Eliza Lorber, 19, has been held in a St. Petersburg jail for over a month — and all because she allegedly tried to leave Russia with

A 19 year-old film student from New York has spent at least a week in a Russian jail facing drug charges after she was arrested with medical marijuana while visiting Saint Petersburg with her mother.

American film student held in Russian jail for medical marijuana: Officials© Amos Chapple/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image St. Petersburg, Russia.

Audrey Lorber, from Staten Island, was arrested as she tried to fly out of Pulkovo Airport when Russian border agents allegedly found about 19 grams of marijuana on her, according to a statement posted by St. Petersburg's Moskovsky district court.

Lorber had a prescription for the drug which she had brought with her from the U.S., according to investigators, but they considered the prescription to be not valid in Russia.

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A teenage film student from New York has been in jail in Russia for weeks after police found her in possession of medical marijuana at a St. Petersburg airport. The Daily Mail is reporting that Audrey Lorber from Staten Island was arrested at Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg after Russian agents

Audrey Lorber, a student at Pace University, was stopped at the airport in St. Petersburg with 19.05 grams of medical marijuana . "I’m working to help get Audrey home as soon as possible because no American citizen should be held in jail for a medical condition," Rose said on social media.

She was charged with drug possession and since then had been awaiting court hearings in a detention facility in St. Petersburg. Investigators said Lorber had pleaded guilty to the charges. It was unclear if she had a lawyer.

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The court statement was made on Sept. 2 but it was not clear when Lorber was arrested. Lorber’s Instagram shows her travelling in Russia with her mother Rochelle from at least mid-July, including a visit to Moscow. Her last post was dated July 22, showing her and her mother laughing in the sunshine by St. Petersburg's Neva River.

Russia has harsh drug laws, which police enforce aggressively and carry long prison sentences. The offense that Lorber is charged with—Article 228 of Russia’s criminal code – is nicknamed “the people’s charge” because it is so frequently used to jail people.

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A college student from New York City was arrested and is being held in Russia for allegedly possessing a few grams of medical marijuana , authorities "I’m working to help get Audrey home as soon as possible because no American citizen should be held in jail for a medical condition," Rep.

Audrey Lorber, a 19-year-old student at Pace University, was arrested when authorities found 19 grams of marijuana —about two-thirds of an Her congressman, Democrat Max Rose, says he's working to get her released because "no American citizen should be held in jail for a medical

The charge is also notorious for being used in fabricated drugs cases.

ABC News chronicled another American's 2-year jail odyssey in the Russian system on what he says were trumped-up drug charges.

And during the soccer World Cup last year Russian authorities reportedly allowed American and other foreign tourists to bring medical marijuana into Russia provided they could show a prescription. Marijuana is illegal in Russia, including for medical purposes and possession is aggressively prosecuted.

Lorber now studies at Pace University while also working at a restaurant, according to her Facebook profile.

Joey Guli, her boss at the Waterside Restaurant in Staten Island told The New York Post that he had spoken to Lorber's mother about two weeks ago and that she was scrambling to try to free her daughter. Guli described Audrey as a “stellar employee.”

“She has a career ahead of her and wants to be in the movie industry,” he said. “All my customers love her,” he told The New York Post.

The U.S. State Department told ABC News that it was “aware of reports of a U.S. citizen arrested in Russia” and is ready to provide appropriate consular services. “Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment at this time,” the department said in a statement.

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The former Russian government official, who had a job with access to secrets, was living openly under his true name. An NBC News correspondent went to the man’s house in the Washington area and rang the doorbell. Five minutes later, two young men in an SUV came racing up the street and parked immediately adjacent to the correspondent’s car. The men, who identified themselves only as friends of the Russian, asked the correspondent what he was doing there. A former senior national security official said the men were likely U.S. government agents monitoring the Russian's house.

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