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(11,649 posts)
Mon May 27, 2013, 04:03 AM May 2013

goodyear, arizona woman jailed in mexico.


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 [Gary] 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.



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

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goodyear, arizona woman jailed in mexico. (Original Post) DesertFlower May 2013 OP
About 20 years ago, a Texas woman died of an asthma attack in a Mexican jail. LeftInTX May 2013 #1
Sounds like Mexico has its own Joe Arpaio mwrguy May 2013 #2
Who takes a bus, with 9 children, to Mexico for blueamy66 May 2013 #3
she didn't take her children. it was just DesertFlower May 2013 #4
My mistake. blueamy66 May 2013 #6
I went to Puerta Vallarta about 18 years ago. NaturalHigh May 2013 #5
I have a cousin who spent ten months in jail for almost the same thing. cherokeeprogressive May 2013 #7


(26,283 posts)
1. About 20 years ago, a Texas woman died of an asthma attack in a Mexican jail.
Mon May 27, 2013, 05:10 AM
May 2013

They refused to provide her asthma medication..


(12,778 posts)
5. I went to Puerta Vallarta about 18 years ago.
Mon May 27, 2013, 09:55 AM
May 2013

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



(24,853 posts)
7. I have a cousin who spent ten months in jail for almost the same thing.
Mon May 27, 2013, 10:38 AM
May 2013

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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