A New York City college student held in Russia for possessing medicinal marijuana has pleaded guilty and has been freed, according to a court statement.
Audrey Eliza Lorber has been freed and fined 15,000 rubles, or about $235, and her pre-trial detention was counted as time served for her sentence, the court stated in its statement Monday.
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 preceding statement by the St. Petersburg court technique.
That statement was issued Sept. two, but it did not say when the alleged offense occurred.
The St. Petersburg court statement about her arrest stated Lorber’s contraband was for medicinal purposes but that arrangement did not apply to the territory of Russia.
Lorber is a student at Pace University in New York, the university has confirmed. She lives on Staten Island.
The St. Petersburg court technique wrote on its Telegram channel that she was fined the $235 right after discovering her guilty of drug possession.