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American Mother Jailed In Mexico, Accused of Smuggling Drugs

by on May 28, 2013

By Lateef Mungin and Rafael Romo, CNN

(CNN) — An Arizona mother of seven is being held in a Mexican jail accused of smuggling about 12 pounds of marijuana, a charge her family vehemently denies.

A Mexican state official also believes Yanira Maldonado was framed.

On Tuesday, Maldonado may find out if she will go free or remain jailed until a trial.

“She’s innocent,” Maldonado’s daughter, Anna Soto, said Monday during an emotional interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “She’s an honest good woman. A Christian woman that would never do anything to jeopardize her freedom.”

Police arrested Maldonado on Wednesday as she and her husband, Gary, were on their way back from a family funeral on a bus.

During a search at a military checkpoint in the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora, authorities asked everyone to get off the bus. They then told Maldonado that they found the large stash…

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