May 30, 2013 9:44 AM by Associated Press

Ariz. mother of 7 fights drug allegation in Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) - The attorney for an Arizona woman being held on drug charges in Mexico says he's confident the mother of seven could be released by Friday.

Forty-two-year-old Yanira Maldonado appeared for a court hearing Wednesday, during which her lawyer argued that the charges against his client were baseless.

Maldonado's arrest has prompted outrage in the U.S. among politicians and her family members, who say she was framed when her bus was stopped at a military checkpoint last week and authorities found nearly 12 pounds of marijuana under her seat.

Maldonado and her husband, Gary said they were returning from her aunt's funeral at the time of the arrest.

The case has been a fixture on TV networks with its nightmare scenario of a mother being caught up in a drug case and sent to prison in a judicial system that has long struggled with corruption.


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