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She's home! Mom released from Mexican jail

  • Yanira Maldonado was accused of smuggling drugs into the U.S.
  • Surveillance video convinced a judge she was innocent
Yanira Maldonado, an Arizona mom, was released from a Mexican jail late Thursday, May 30, 2013. She had been arrested on allegations she tried to smuggle 12 pounds of marijuana under a bus seat. Security footage of Maldonado boarding a bus refutes the claims she was carrying the drugs.

Was Arizona mom framed in Mexican drug bust?

Yanira Maldonado, 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. She is pictured with her husband, Gary.

Yanira Maldonado, the Arizona mother of seven who was being held in Mexico is back in Arizona this morning.

A judge freed Maldonado a few hours ago.

She was in jail for more than week, accused of trying to smuggle 12 pounds of marijuana into the U.S.

Surveillance video convinced a judge she was innocent. The footage showed her boarding the bus without any obvious sign of the packages Mexican soldiers claimed to have found under her bus seat.

Maldonado's husband said he thinks the soldiers wanted a bribe.

Her family maintained her innocence all along.

See full coverage of her homecoming on Morning Express with Robin Meade.

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