Arizona woman held on Mexican drug smuggling charge back in US
Yanira Maldonado was released by Mexican authorities late Thursday and returned to the US early Friday morning.
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The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/18D1PpP ) a small sedan carrying 42-year-old Yanira Maldonado and her family members could be seen crossing through the Nogales port of entry into Arizona at about 12:30 a.m. Friday.
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Maldonado walked out of the prison on the outskirts of Nogales, Mexico, and into her husband's arms late Thursday. KSAZ-TV reports she said later at a news conference that she still loves Mexico and plans to return in the future to visit family there.
The family's lawyer in Nogales, Jose Francisco Benitez Paz, says a judge determined Maldonado was no longer a suspect, and all allegations against her were dropped.