Arizona woman fighting drug smuggling allegation
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PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona woman is jailed in Mexico on accusations that she tried to smuggle nearly 12 pounds of marijuana into the U.S.
A court hearing was held Tuesday for 42-year-old Yanira Maldonado.
A spokeswoman for the army in the northern state of Sonora says the mother of seven was arrested Wednesday at a military checkpoint about 90 miles from the U.S-Mexico border.
She and her husband were aboard a passenger bus as they returned from a family funeral. Mexican authorities claim marijuana was found underneath her seat.
Gary Maldonado claims she was framed and authorities originally demanded $5,000 for her release.
The Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., says Yanira Maldonado's "rights to a defense counsel and due process are being observed." The embassy didn't respond to allegations she was framed.
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