NOGALES, Mexico. Last week Yanira Maldonado, a mormon mother of seven was accused of smuggling drugs from Mexico to Arizona and was thrown in jail; but Thursday night she was freed by Mexican authorities.
Everything started when she and her husband, Gary, took a bus from Mexico to Phoenix. At the military checkpoint the military found 12 pounds of marijuana hidden below her sit.
Yanira Maldonado walked out of prison happy and very grateful with her family, US department officials and her lawyers.
She stated also that she doesn´t hold grudges against the country and she will go back to Mexico anytime, because she has family there; “Its not Mexico´s fault. It’s a few people who did this to me”, she said in comments aired by KSAZ TV.
Yanira was freed from the Mexican prison and the charges were dropped because there was not a case against her; there was not connection between the marijuana package and her.
The security footage showed that Yanira Maldonado and her husband Gary, had only blankets, bottles of water and a purse.
Francisco Benitez, her attorney was very pleased with the result and he said that the video was very important evidence.
The military men who held her suspect of smuggling didn’t appear to her hearing.
Gary Maldonado was arrested first, but he was freed when she asked the authorities to serve as translator, due to he didn´t speak spanish, right after, she was detained instead without any explanation.
Mr. Gary mentioned that there was a bribe of $5000 thousand dollars to free her, but this was dropped after, informed Associated Press.
In a press conference Governor Jan Brewer said she is thankful that Yanira Maldonado is back home with her family.
There was a lot of pressure from US Congressmen regarding this case, they condemned the corrupted Mexican system, and they worked very close with them.
The encounter with her husband was emotional and she thanked the Media for supporting her during this traumatic time.
If she wouldn’t have been released she would’ve gone to a security Mexican prison until a trial date, but fortunately there was not enough evidence.
People through social media show happiness after she was freed, and they criticized Mexica measures and their justice system. Moreover, people were posting on tweeter that they won´t go back to Mexico any time soon.
Meanwhile the PGR (Procuraduria general de la republica) proposed to homogenized the law in all Mexican judicial system and avoid this type of flaws in the future, because while there is one way of judging someone in the north, there is another in the south, which leads to more impunity and corruption.
By: Oskar Guzman
Source: Associated Press