Raw video: Husband of Ariz. woman jailed in Mexico

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 4:20 PM

NOGALES, Ariz. -- The family of Yanira Maldonado, 41 who is being held in a Mexican prison, is back in Mexico Wednesday fighting for her freedom.

Maldonado is accused of drug smuggling, something her family says she's being falsely accused of.

It's been a week since the bus she was on with her husband in Mexico was stopped and soldiers said they found marijuana under her seat.

The couple was returning to the states from her aunt's funeral.

The family has hired both a Mexican attorney and an attorney from Phoenix to assist with the case.

According to the family. the soldiers, who said they found drugs on the bus, will testify in court today.

On Tuesday, two witnesses from the bus testified on Maldonado's behalf.

Gary's father, Larry Maldonado and other family members were in Mexico on Tuesday for the court proceedings.

We're told by family members these are just hearings between the prosecutor and defense attorneys, a judge is not present.

The court proceedings are being held in a small room not large enough for everyone to be present according to Larry.

Once the prosecutor gathers all the information, it will be passed to a judge who is expected to make a final decision by Friday.

The family remains hopeful Maldonado will be released this week.

Gary has visited his wife in prison a few times since her arrest. They can touch fingers between a metal grate and he said its very emotional.

Maldonado is said to be Mormon, a mother of several child and does not do drugs or participate in criminal activity.

Gary told her about all the media attention her case is getting, the family has appeared on CNN.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has been in contact with the family and is said to be "personally monitoring the situation."

Stay with 3TV for the latest. We're expected to get another interview with the family after Wednesday's court proceedings.

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