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Arizona Mom Yanira Maldonado Freed From Mexican Jail
By ANTHONY CASTELLANO | Good Morning America
The Arizona mother detained in Mexico for more than a week on drug charges has been released and returned to the U.S. after a video showed she boarded a bus with no packages that could have contained 12 pounds of marijuana, as police had alleged.
Yanira Maldonado, 42, walked out of the jail late Thursday night local time, and thanked well-wishers and Mexican officials. Maldonado told one jail official in Spanish, "Thank you for everything and the quality of person you are."
"Is this it?" Maldonado asked officials moments after being released. "Thank you. God bless you," she added before leaving.
Maldonado met with reporters briefly and said, "Many thanks to everyone, especially my God who let me go free, my family, my children, who with their help, I was able to survive this test," she said.
Maldonado was met with a hug from her husband Gary, who brought her to a waiting car. The couple hugged again in the car before leaving. Maldonado was taken to Nogales, Ariz., where she spoke again to reporters about her ordeal.
"I love Mexico. My family is still there. So Mexico... it's not Mexico's fault. It's a few people who you know did this to me," she said.
Hours before her release, court officials reviewed surveillance footage that showed Maldonado and her husband boarding a bus in Mexico on May 22. Maldonado was carrying a black, medium-sized purse and two bottles of water. Her husband was carrying blankets. Maldonado was detained by authorities after Mexican soldiers said they discovered 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus at a check point in Hermosillo, Mexico.
The surveillance video, which has not been released to the public, was reviewed by ABC News Thursday.
The family's lawyer in Nogales, Mexico, told reporters the surveillance video showed she did not bring 12 pounds of marijuana onto the bus.
"The evidence was very clear that she never [had] contact with the drug," Jose Francisco Benitez Paz said minutes after Maldonado was released.
Has anyone been following this.. does it creep you out about traveling in some of these areas outside of the US where you are at the mercy of anther country's court system?
Posted by nyadrn
I'll confess to not having followed this story, or the one about the girl who was tried for murdering her roommate in Italy, and is going to be retried now.
I will say that I've traveled, both with my Mom, alone, with just a car & driver, and as part of a large tour group. We personally never had these terrible experiences with foreign governments, nor did anyone else when we were with tour groups.
I don't know if things have changed so much since I traveled internationally, or that there was just something about these people that they've been singled out, and charged with crimes .. and that Mom & I just don't raise red flags like that. There are probably some countries I'd avoid, because they're not safe or their governments are dishonest & try to pull things on tourists to get money from them.