Ariz. mother of 7 fights drug allegation in Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) — The attorney for an Arizona woman being held on drug charges in Mexico says he’s confident the mother of seven could be released by Friday.

Forty-two-year-old Yanira (yah-NEE’-ah) Maldonado appeared for a court hearing Wednesday, during which her lawyer argued that the charges against his client were baseless.

Maldonado’s arrest has prompted outrage in the U.S. among politicians and her family members, who say she was framed when her bus was stopped at a military checkpoint last week and authorities found nearly 12 pounds of marijuana under her seat.

Maldonado and her husband, Gary said they were returning from her aunt’s funeral at the time of the arrest.

The case has been a fixture on TV networks with its nightmare scenario of a mother being caught up in a drug case and sent to prison in a judicial system that has long struggled with corruption.

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192-a-16-(Jen Psaki (SAH’-kee), spokeswoman, U.S. State Department, at briefing)-”was May 24th”-State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says U.S. officials are keeping close tabs on the case involving Yanira Maldonado, a mother from Arizona who’s accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into the U.S. (29 May 2013)

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193-a-13-(Jen Psaki (SAH’-kee), spokeswoman, U.S. State Department, at briefing)-”helpful in advising”-State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says State Department officials are helping where they can in the case. (29 May 2013)

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279-a-14-(Yanira (yah-NEER’-ah Maldonaldo, Arizona mother arrested on drug charges in Mexico, in interview)-”to help me”-Yanira Maldonaldo says she first thought a Mexican investigator would let her go after telling her side of the story. COURTESY ABC15.com ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 May 2013)

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280-a-04-(Yanira (yah-NEER’-ah Maldonaldo, Arizona mother arrested on drug charges in Mexico, in interview)-”nothing to hide”-Yanira Maldonaldo says she’s confident she soon will be released. COURTESY ABC15.com ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 May 2013)

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278-a-05-(Yanira (yah-NEER’-ah Maldonaldo, Arizona mother arrested on drug charges in Mexico, in interview)-”is not happening”-Yanira Maldonaldo says she couldn’t believe she was being arrested. COURTESY ABC15.com ((mandatory on-air credit)) (29 May 2013)

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