Transcript for American Mom Freed From Mexican Jail
And next, to the developing story of that american woman, the mother of seven, arrested in mexico and accused of smuggling marijuana, put in prison. Tonight, she's free, and finally heading home. So, what happened? And what is she saying tonight about being free? Abc's gio benitez has the story. Reporter: Overnight, this emotional reunion. Yanira maldonado and her husband gary holding each other tightly, after she spent more than a week locked up in a secluded mexican prison. I'm tired. Exhausted. I had a long day. Reporter: You've had a long nine days. Yes. Reporter: In her first interview since her release, this mormon mother of seven and grandmother of two says she always believed she would be set free. Did you ever lose hope? No, I never lose hope. It was a nightmare. Reporter: Last week, mexican authorities said they found 12 pounds of marijuana strapped under her seat in a bus she was taking home from mexico to arizona. She was arrested and charged with smuggling drugs. But a tape viewed by abc news showed her and her husband boarding that bus with a medium-sized purse, two bottles of water and some blankets for the journey. I have freedom. I'm free. Reporter: Yanira says her mormon faith helped set her . She fasted behind bars. Mexican prosecutors say they'll appeal the decision to let her go. It's not mexico's fault, so, I probably will go back. Reporter: Gio benitez, abc news, nogales, arizona.
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