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Mon May 27, 2013, 04:03 AM

goodyear, arizona woman jailed in mexico.

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Goodyear couple traveled to Mexico last week to attend a family funeral.

The trip back to Arizona has turned into a nightmare - and it's not over yet.

The wife is in a Mexican jail right now accused of smuggling marijuana.

CBS5 News spoke with the husband's brother-in-law Saturday.

Brandon Klippel said Gary and Yanira Maldonado were the only U.S. citizens on the bus and if drugs were truly found on board, they were already there when the couple sat down.

"You hear all of these horror stories about Mexico and you think it's just something in the movies, right?" said Klippel. "You don't believe it's something that could happen to someone you know. But, when it happens to your brother and your sister - it's hard, it's tough to take."

He said the bus the Maldonados were on was stopped at a military checkpoint near Hermosillo on Wednesday.

The couple, with seven children and two grandchildren between them, were on their way back to Arizona after attending a funeral for Yanira Maldonado's aunt.

"They interviewed several of the other passengers and after about 2 1/2 hours they came to him and said unfortunately some of these drugs were found under your seat and you're under arrest," Klippel said.

After arresting Gary Maldonado, Mexican officials said they'd made a mistake that marijuana was actually found underneath Yanira Maldonado's seat and an empty seat next to her.

Gary Maldonado was let go and they arrested his wife - something that has terrified their 21-year-old daughter Anna Soto who spoke with CBS5 News on Sunday.

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http://www.kpho.com/story/22424879/az-family-says-sister-in-law-unjustly-jailed-in-mexico

that's why i won't go near that country.

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DesertFlower May 2013 OP
LeftInTX May 2013 #1
mwrguy May 2013 #2
blueamy66 May 2013 #3
DesertFlower May 2013 #4
blueamy66 May 2013 #6
NaturalHigh May 2013 #5
cherokeeprogressive May 2013 #7

Response to DesertFlower (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 05:10 AM

1. About 20 years ago, a Texas woman died of an asthma attack in a Mexican jail.

They refused to provide her asthma medication..

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Response to DesertFlower (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 05:45 AM

2. Sounds like Mexico has its own Joe Arpaio

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Response to DesertFlower (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 06:34 AM

3. Who takes a bus, with 9 children, to Mexico for

an aunt's funeral?

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Response to blueamy66 (Reply #3)

Mon May 27, 2013, 08:32 AM

4. she didn't take her children. it was just

her and her husband.

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Response to DesertFlower (Reply #4)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:27 AM

6. My mistake.

nt

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Response to DesertFlower (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 09:55 AM

5. I went to Puerta Vallarta about 18 years ago.

Now I wouldn't go anywhere in Mexico on a bet. Too many bad possibilities.

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Response to DesertFlower (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:38 AM

7. I have a cousin who spent ten months in jail for almost the same thing.

He was in a taxi. The driver got in a wreck and my cousin was busted for the driver's stash.

Ten months later he was released without ever being charged.

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