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Arizona Mom Released From Jail in Mexico

An Arizona mom who was jailed for trying to smuggle about 12 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico has been released.

Yanira Maldonado, a mother of seven, was arrested on May 22 by Mexican checkpoint soldiers, who said they had found a sizable stash of the drug under her bus seat.

She and her husband, Gary, who are both U.S. citizens, had been traveling to Mexico and were headed back home to Arizona, according to CNN.

The case has received a lot of attention in the media, something Maldonado credited in a May 31 press conference with helping speed up her release.

What was crucial to her release was security footage showing Maldonado and her husband boarding the bus, carrying only a purse, two blankets and two water bottles—nothing large enough to hold 12 pounds of drugs.

While her husband has suggested that they were framed by Mexican soldiers who were looking for a bribe, Maldonado was a little more forgiving.

"Someone smuggled those in there, and I probably sat in the wrong seat," she said.

Photo via CNN

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