War on Drugs

Arizona Mom Accused of Smuggling Pot from Mexico Expects Release

Says she has nothing to do with pounds of marijuana packages found under her bus seat


An Arizona mother accused of trying to smuggle 12 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico says she has "nothing to hide" and expects to be released soon.

Yanira Maldonado, 42, of Goodyear, Ariz. was arrested by the Mexican military after they found nearly 12 pounds of pot under her bus seat last week. In an exclusive jailhouse interview, the mother of seven told ABC15.com she had nothing to do with the marijuana packages — packed in plastic bags and wrapped in tan packing tape — found under her seat.

"I'm going to be free; I'm not guilty," Maldonado said. "I have nothing to hide."

Maldonado, a devout Mormon, credited her faith as her source of strength while behind bars for nearly a week in a Mexican jail in Nogales.