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Goodyear mother of 7 fights drug smuggling allegation

Yanira Maldonado's attorney was in a Federal courthouse in Nogales, Sonora, after allegations that she smuggled 12 pounds of marijuana under her seat on a bus.

Goodyear mother of 7 fights drug smuggling allegation

By Kristie Smith. CREATED May 29, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - The family of an Arizona woman jailed in Mexico is denying allegations that she tried to smuggle nearly 12 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. on a passenger bus.
   
A court hearing was held Tuesday in Nogales, Sonora, for 42-year-old Yanira Maldonado of the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear.
   
She and her husband said they were returning from the funeral of her aunt last Wednesday when the bus they were on was stopped at a military checkpoint about 90 miles from the U.S-Mexico border.
   
Mexican authorities say Maldonado was arrested after soldiers inspected the bus and reported finding the marijuana underneath her seat.
   
Gary Maldonado claims his wife was framed and says authorities originally demanded $5,000 for her release.
   
The office of Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says the Senator is "personally monitoring the situation."