Yanira Maldonado, the Mormon mother of seven from Arizona who was arrested at a roadblock in Sonora last week, went free late Thursday and crossed the border early this morning, according to the Arizona Republic.
Maldonado had been accused of trying to smuggle 12 pounds of marijuana, a charge that her family members and lawyers said was a set-up.
According to this morning's Arizona Republic story, a judge released Maldonado after viewing a surveillance video that showed Maldonado boarding the bus. Other news stories indicated that she wasn't carrying any package that could conceal 12 pounds of pot.
Maldonado's case drew a lot of attention. She and her husband had traveled from the Phoenix area to attend a family funeral in Los Mochis in Sonora state last week. They took a bus because they were tired when they had to make the sudden trip and thought the bus would be safe. As I noted in a previous post, bus lines and employees have regularly smuggled marijuana under passenger seats.
The video above was apparently taken beside a hotel pool this morning around 2:30 a.m. in Nogales, Arizona. I'm sure that family is quite relieved that their ordeal is over.