Mexican court frees Arizona mom accused of drug smugglingPosted: Updated:
GOODYEAR, -- Yanira Maldonado arrived back to her home in Goodyear surrounded with family and greeted by balloons, flowers and homemade signs. She's expected to address the media at 7:15pm.
A family spokesperson says the Maldonado family has spent Friday resting and eating, enjoying their time together.
"We have a big family, so all the extended family was there (at the reunion)," said Brandon Klippel, on behalf of the family. "There was a lot of food. It was quiet and calm."
The Maldonados say they look forward to returning to normal life after a nightmare that lasted nine days.
Maldonado made national headlines after 12 pounds of marijuana were found underneath her seat on a commercial bus traveling from Mexico to Phoenix.
Maldonado had been charged with drug smuggling, but surveillance video showed Maldonado and her husband, Gary Maldonado, getting onto the bus with just a blanket and a purse.
“It showed on the film clear as day there was no way you could carry 12 pounds with one arm,” said Gary Maldonado. “We switched the blankets, nothing in the blankets, and it showed that on the tape.”
Gary Maldonado previously said that a man sitting behind them on the bus fled when the vehicle was being inspected. He suspects the man might have been responsible for the marijuana.
CNN.com contributed to this story
Yanira Maldonado, the Arizona woman held in a Mexican prison on marijuana charges, has been released. on.cnn.com/Zi8zqu— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 31, 2013
Breaking: Yanira released from Mexican jail. Complex is 15miles from the border in Nogales.— Jared Dillingham (@JaredDillingham) May 31, 2013
THEY RELEASED MY MOM !!! #FreeYanira— Angel Anaya (@queso___) May 31, 2013
Great News. Just had it confirmed by Consul General.Yanira Maldonado has been released. #FreeYanira— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) May 31, 2013