Woman jailed in Mexico: I'll drive next time

BOB CHRISTIE, CRISTINA SILVA and ELLIOT SPAGAT
June 1, 2013
Woman jailed in Mexico: I'll drive next time

PHOENIX (AP) — The American woman who was jailed for a week after Mexican authorities said they found marijuana under her bus seat says she'll return to Mexico someday, but she'll drive her car.

Yanira Maldonado returned to her suburban Phoenix home Friday, a day after a judge in Nogales, Mexico, dismissed drug smuggling charges.

The judge viewed video that showed the 42-year-old and her husband getting on the bus with just a purse, blankets and bottles of water before it was stopped by Mexican soldiers.

At a news conference near Phoenix Friday evening, Maldonado said she doesn't think she'll end up in jail again when she returns to Mexico. But she says what happened to her could happen to anyone.

She says Mexican authorities should do a better job of getting the people who are smuggling drugs rather than arresting people like her who are innocent.