: Arizona Mother Held on Drug Charges Freed from Mexican Prison [Photos]


Photo: Yanira Maldonado leaving a Mexican prison (2:40 a.m. eastern)

Great news.  She is heading back to the United States with her husband Gary



NBC Reported:
An Arizona woman had been held for more than a week in Mexico on suspicion of drug smuggling was being released there late Thursday, her lawyer told NBC News from the prison.

Yanira Maldonado of Goodyear, Arizona, was completing paperwork for her release, lawyer Jose Francisco Benitez Paz said by telephone from Nogales in Mexico's Sonora state. He said she would return immediately to the United States.

Her husband, Gary Maldonado, told NBC News that he was crossing the border at Nogales, Ariz., to pick her up.

As Arizona mom of seven Yanira Maldonado's court hearing on drug smuggling charges begins in Nogales, Mexico, she is speaking out for the first time, saying her "spirit is good," but she just wants "to go home." NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.

Maldonado was returning to the U.S. from a funeral when soldiers detained her May 22, saying they had found 12 pounds of marijuana taped under her seat on a bus.

Related: Jailed Mexico mom: 'I just want to go home.' Maldonado and her family had proclaimed her innocence.

Photo of Yanira Maldonado in a prison in Nogales, Mexico yesterday
 


Yanira after being released with a very happy husband Gary
 
 
 
 Here she is talking to reporters today, right before getting in the car with her husband to head back to the U.S. 



New Photo: Maldonado's car crossing border to U.S.