Audrey Lorber, 19, from Staten Island, was arrested at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg after Russian agents found 19 grams of marijuana on her
A congressman from New York is calling for the release of a woman from Staten Island who is being held in a Russian prison.
Audrey Lorber, from Staten Island, 19, was arrested in July at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg after Russian agents found 19 grams of marijuana with her.
The teenager has a prescription for medical marijuana in the US that she has shown to the agents, but a Russian court said that the prescription is not applicable to the territory of the Russian Federation.
Congressman Max Rose, who represents the New York City borough of Staten Island, where Lorder usually lives, now urges Russian authorities to release the teenager and allow her to travel back to the US
& # 39; I'm working to get Audrey home as soon as possible, since no American citizen needs to be detained for a medical condition, & # 39; said Max Rose, D-N.Y, in a statement during the weekend.
Lorber was caught with 19 grams of marijuana – worth about $ 375 and enough to roll 40 joints – while on vacation with her mother, according to a statement from the Moscow Court in St. Petersburg.
Congressman Max Rose, who represents Staten Island where Lorder lives, now urges Russian authorities to release the teenager and return her to the US
She pleaded guilty to the charges and is now waiting for a trial according to a statement.
Drug ownership lasts up to three years in prison in Russia.
& # 39; We are aware of the reports of an American citizen arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia, & # 39; said the US Department of Foreign Affairs in a statement Monday, NBC News reported. & # 39; We take our responsibility to help American citizens abroad seriously. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comments. & # 39;
Audrey Lorber, a 19-year-old from Staten Island, New York, is being held in a Russian prison after agents have found marijuana in her hands at an airport in St. Petersburg. Russian officials did not disclose when Audrey was arrested, but she has not posted any messages on social media since July 22, when she shared an Instagram photo (above) with her mother, Rochelle Lorber, in St. Petersburg
Audrey was arrested at Pulkovo Airport after Russian agents found 19 grams of cannabis – worth about $ 375 – on her person, according to a statement from the Moscow court in St. Petersburg. Officials said the teenager's recipe for medical marijuana is not valid in Russia
Rochelle shared this photo of Audrey sipping tea at Palacio Nicolaievsky in St. Petersburg
Audrey & # 39; s most recent Instagram post, dated July 22, shows her touring through St. Petersburg with her mother, Rochelle Lorber.
The two giggles on the edge of the Gulf of Finland, without being aware of the legal problems that lie ahead.
Audrey & # 39; s supervisor at Waterside Restaurant in Tottenville told the New York Post he spoke to Rochelle two weeks ago while the mother worked hard to get her daughter out of prison.
& # 39; She is hysterical, & # 39; said Joey Guli about Rochelle, a retired teacher in New York City.
& # 39; She moved there and got an apartment to try to get (Audrey) house arrest, but they didn't give it to her.
& # 39; It is disgusting what they did. They are trying to throw the book at her. & # 39;
Guli described Audrey as a great employee who worked on Waterside at Pace University in New York City for several summers.
The big film goes to the school for scholarships and maintains an average of 4.0 points, Guli said.
& # 39; She has a career ahead and wants to work in the film industry, & # 39; he said. & # 39; All my customers love her. & # 39;
Guli noted that he had never seen Audrey smoking marijuana or was visibly tall. It is unclear why she has a medical marijuana prescription.
Audrey & # 39; s mother Rochelle shared several photos of their European adventure on Facebook. the teen's supervisor at Waterside Restaurant in Tottenville, New York, said he spoke to Rochelle two weeks ago because the mother worked hard to get her daughter out of jail
Audrey is depicted at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna on July 16, days before arriving in Russia
Russian officials said Audrey said that the cannabis she caught in St. Petersburg was purchased in the US and that it was used for & # 39; personal consumption & # 39; used.
A spokesperson for the US Department of Foreign Affairs issued the following statement about Audrey's situation to DailyMail.com on Sunday: & We are aware of reports of an American citizen arrested in Russia. When an American citizen is arrested abroad, we are ready to offer all appropriate consular services. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comments at this time. & # 39;
Russia detains more people per capita for drug offenses than any other country in Europe, with about a quarter of all prisoners imprisoned for drug-related offenses, according to Moscow Times.
Most arrests, including Audrey, fall under Article 228 of the Russian Criminal Code. In 2018, 100,000 people were arrested for that indictment, which involves a maximum sentence of three years.
Earlier this year, the American-Israeli citizen Naama Issachar, 25, was arrested in Moscow and charged with smuggling nine grams of marijuana to Russia.
Issachar was detained at the airport prior to a connecting flight from India to Israel via Moscow. Her trial was to begin last week after more than four months in custody.
Despite strict enforcement of drug legislation, Russia allowed participants of the 2018 World Cup to bring heroin, cocaine and marijuana into the stadium as long as they had a doctor's letter in Russian.
Audrey is currently studying film at Pace University in New York City
The teenager's boss described her as an excellent employee and a true A-student
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