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.
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.
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.