Transcript for Freed U.S. Mom Describes '9 Long Days' in Mexican Jail
to, including the breaking news on the american mother of seven, set free hours ago. It has been a dramatic and emotional morning for the arizona mom and her family walking out of prison and into her husband's arms, she is getting into the car with her husband gary, getting ready to go across the border. Abc's gio benitez has just spoken to her. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you, she kept saying those words, I'm free, I'm free, and this morning, she's thanking the nation for so much support. Overnight we heard the first words from a woman, who finally is free. I want to say thank you to god, because I'm free now. And he sent me good people my way. R just hours ago, the mormon mother of seven had been locked up, accused of smuggling drugs on board a charter bus in the mexican town of los moches. I'm grad I'm free for my family, my children. Reporter: Late thursday abc news crossed the border into mexico and met with the officials who had charged maldonado with smuggling 12 pounds of marijuana on to that bus. More than a week ago. Soldiers who stopped the bus at a check point told police, the packages of pot were found strapped under maldonado's seat. Just moments ago, abc news spoke exclusively with maldonado. I'm exhausted. I had a long day. Reporter: You had a long nine days. Yes. Reporter: In surveillance videos screened by abc news, but which was not released to the public, maldonado could be seen boarding the bus with a medium sized purse on her right shoulder, and two bottles of water in her hands. Her husband gary also boarded carrying blankets. Did you ever lose hope? No. I never lose hope. It was a nightmare. Reporter: While the judge hearing her case said he would make a decision by friday afternoon, around midnight local time the family was told she would be released. How are you able to smile right now? How are you able to have such optimism? Because I have freedom. I'm free. Free. I'm here. Reporter: Incredibly, she says she will keep visiting her family in mexico, but perhaps, robin, she said with that smile, perhaps not by a bus. Robin.
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