May 28th, 2013
11:04 PM ET

Was jailed U.S. citizen framed in Mexico?

An Arizona mother of seven will be back in court on Wednesday as a judge weighs whether she will go free or remain behind bars in Mexico, her family said.

It's a situation Yanira Maldonado's family said she never imagined when she boarded a bus to head back to the United States last week after attending a family funeral.

Now she's facing drug-smuggling charges after Mexican authorities said they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus seat.

Her family vehemently denies the charges and accuses authorities of arresting her to get bribe money.


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  1. Jesse Pinkman

    After reading this story I am not planning any more vacations to Mexico. There is just too much corruption there and it is not worth the risk. If they can do this to this nice couple, they are capable of ANYTHING. It is just scary.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  2. Navy Jason

    Thats Mexico for you. Lots of us Sailors and Marines were harasses by Mexican Military and Police since 1990 from my experience. I just learned to bring only the money I planned on spending to Mexico plus an extra 100 bucks just incase of a run in with either and never bring your atm or credit card. They will take you to the nearest ATM to get you to take money out. All you need is your I.D., Passport and only cash hidden in different place of your clothes. When We were stopped we would each pull out 20 bucks and say that is all we have left. They would take it and leave us alone. I know they are poor and corrupt. We take our chances and those of us whom travel across the border, know this.

    May 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Devlin Booth

    It is unbelievable but its no shock. Mexico actually encourages its people to cross into the US illegally to either get jobs they claim that no Americans will do, or become the catcher. A catcher is basically the other side of the receivers of drugs smuggled into the states from Mexico. If you look at the prison systems much closer, Hispanic populations in the prison system, especially in Texas, are now over the top than any other populations. More and more gangs are derived from Mexico and more gangs are created by those gangs from Mexico. While Mexico isn't a safe place anymore, Mexico is now making the States a much harder place to be safe. While reading this story though, not once have I heard of any representation she might have from the states or the embassy since she is a US citizen. Just doesn't seem right. Does she not matter, just because she's a mother and a wife? Is she not being held hostage in another Criminalist Country that is demanding money from this woman's family for her freedom? Are we going to stand idly by and watch on television like Obama did for the embassy that was attacked over seas, and then call it, "just a case of a random attack?" I think not!

    May 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
  4. Jeanette

    Unbelievable that people aren't more animated about this, but I guess if it doesn't touch your own life you let it pass. I know the family of this poor woman and can't believe that this would happen to them. This is why Mexico is not a safe place anymore...there's just too much corruption and crime. When an American citizen can be framed like this and held on virtually no evidence (other than the alleged pot under her seat, which wasn't proven to be there anyway) one has to wonder why Americans would even travel there. And why our government doesn't make a much bigger statement.

    May 29, 2013 at 9:50 am |