US student brings drugs to Russia to treat depression, ends up in jail

US student brings drugs to Russia to treat depression, ends up in jail
Audrey Eliza Lorber

At the end of July, the American citizen and student at the Pace University, flew to St. Petersburg as a tourist.

For more than a month, the US citizen Audrey Eliza Lorber, 19, has been held in the Kresty jail in St. Petersburg. According to the joint press service of the St. Petersburg courts, a criminal case was initiated against her under Article 228 CCRF – illegal acquisition, storage, transportation, manufacture, processing of narcotic drugs. 

At the end of July, the American citizen, who is a student at the private Pace University, flew to St. Petersburg as a tourist. During a search at Pulkovo Airport on July 24, 19.05 grams of cannabis were found in her belongings, as well as a patent for the use of marijuana as part of a medical program which was issued in the United States. Judging by the photos published on social networks, the girl, along with her relative, managed to see the city on the Neva and the search revealed drugs right before the tourist’s flight home.

The criminal case against the girl was registered in the Moscow District Court of St. Petersburg. As the courts’ press service noted, it has not yet been taken into consideration.

Judging by social networks, Audrey Eliza Lorber works as a waitress on Stayton Island in New York and enjoys photography and filming. 

Before her visit to Russia, she was not convicted – according to practice, in this case, she can get away with a fine and conditional punishment.

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