March 09, 2015

Wyden Announces Release of Oregonian Carrie Russell

Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) tonight announced the release of Carrie Russell from a Japanese detention center.

“I’m thrilled that common sense has won the day and that Carrie is being released to her family,’’ Senator Wyden said.  “I want to thank Ambassador Kennedy and her staff for working closely with our office and their Japanese counterparts to get her released.”

Japanese authorities took Ms. Russell into custody on Feb. 20 after she shipped herself medication as part of her prescribed treatment for attention deficit disorder.

Her family sent a letter of apology to the government of Japan, saying nobody meant to break Japanese law.  It is illegal to bring prescription medicine with amphetamines into the country.