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Arizona Mother, Yanira Maldonado, Jailed In Mexico for Allegedly Smuggling Drugs

Arizona Mother, Yanira Maldonado, Jailed In Mexico for Allegedly Smuggling Drugs

| On 29, May 2013

Arizona mother jailed for allegedly smuggling drugs into Mexico. The family now worries that they will never see her again. They fear she will be lost in the system due to bad processing of records in Mexico.

Yanira Maldonado and her husband, Gary, traveled by bus from their home in Goodyear, Ariz., to the state of Sinaloa, Mexico,on May 19 for the funeral of Yanira’s aunt. While returning home on May 22, their bus was stopped at a checkpoint in Hermosillo, where soldiers claimed they found more than 12 pounds of marijuana strapped to the underside of Yanira’s seat. The family claims the drugs were not hers.

Yanira, a mother of seven and a devout Mormon, has been moved from Hermosillo to a jail in Nogales, Mexico, just across the border from Arizona, according to the ‘Today’ Show. She has not been charged with a crime, and a court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. A magistrate in Nogales has until 6 p.m. Friday to rule on her case or she will be sent to another facility for what could be several months behind bars.

Soto visited her mother in prison on Saturday, where she said a prison guard held a gun over his shoulder as they talked, according to a ‘Today’ Show report.

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