American musician detained in Russia: state media

To: Lauren Sforza, The Hill

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(The Hill) – An American musician has been detained in Russia on drug trafficking charges, according to multiple reports.

Tas report On Saturday, a Moscow court ordered Michael Travis Leek to be detained until August 6 on charges of “large-scale illegal manufacture, sale and trafficking of drugs.” Russian news agency reported that his friend Valeria Grobanyuk was also arrested. Each could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted in connection with the case.

Associated Press Leak reportedly allegedly sold mephedrone, which has effects similar to MDMA and cocaine.

In a statement to multiple media outlets, the State Department said it was aware of reports that Americans were being held in Russia.

“The State Department does not make the safety and security of Americans abroad its top priority. “If a U.S. national is detained abroad, the department will seek consular access as soon as possible and endeavor to provide all appropriate consular assistance.

Leak’s Instagram page also reveals that he is the lead singer of Rovi Noch (Seize the Night). reportedly Lived in Russia for the last 10 years.

Reuters A telegram message posted by the General Court of Justice in Moscow said Leak was a former U.S. airborne paratrooper who ran a drug-dealing business targeting “young people,” it said.

The Hill has reached out to the State Department for comment. American musician detained in Russia: state media

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