Transcript for Freed U.S. Mom Describes '9 Long Days' in Mexican Jail
Breaking news on the American mother of seven set free just hours ago it has been a dramatic and emotional morning for that -- on -- 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 GO Benitez is in Nogales Arizona right now and he's just spoken to her good morning GO. Robin good morning to you we kept hearing those words I'm free I'm free and now she's thanking the nation for so much support. Overnight we heard the first words from a woman -- is finally free. You guys think says firms Marino and he's -- -- people who might land. -- 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 -- Mo cheeks. I'm very grateful that them dream that. -- -- -- -- -- Late Thursday ABC news cross the border into Mexico and met with the officials who had charged Maldonado with smuggling. Twelve pounds of marijuana onto that bus more than a week ago soldiers -- stopped the bus at a checkpoint told police. The packages of pot were found still wrapped under mouth and auto seat just moments ago ABC news spoke exclusively with malls and auto. -- -- -- I -- He's not alone nine CPB -- news. In surveillance video screen 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 and -- hands. Her husband Gary also afforded. Carrying blankets did you ever lose home. Not I have madness you listen I'm here -- -- the judge hearing her case said. He would make a decision by Friday afternoon around midnight local time the family was told he could be released. How are you able to smile right now how are you able to have such optimists. -- -- I have to -- no time bringing free I'm I'm here. And incredibly she says she will keep visiting her family in Mexico but -- and perhaps he says with that smile on her face not five books.
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