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-- -- back concession on the docket today the Arizona mother of seven -- we told you about earlier.
Thrown in a Mexican jail on drug smuggling charges.
The State Department reacting to this case moments ago.
The case of you near a Maldonado.
Who was arrested alongside her husband on their way back to the states by bus they went out of Mexico for funeral.
State Department saying only that it is speaking to the family and two officials in Mexico at this point.
Again the couple been attending a funeral in Mexico they took the bus down there they took the bus back but before they cross the border back the bus was stopped and it was searched.
And while authorities claim they found twelve pounds of marijuana under ms.
Melvin those seat.
Her family says she is being rained.
Joining me now are Riddell former prosecutor now defense attorney just build -- -- pedigree and so the case against her boils down to the fact that she was.
It's in a seat under which they found a bunch of drugs.
With this John if that had happened in this country could even charge that -- -- -- to show possession and control.
Exactly very doubtful of that and the marijuana on this bus was under mercy and didn't empty seats and you really can't point the finger at at her in terms -- that -- this is not a case Megan where.
You know she got searched and they found marijuana -- pockets in her defense -- all those aren't my -- this is completely different.
And you know not for not being.
But what about the way back to the United States -- why don't we let the United States decide whether and -- she was trying to smuggle marijuana and everything is if this -- her car something that she only had maintained control of and so on.
That he wanted but other it's about us it's a son -- and -- underneath the -- to make -- an alleged drug there.
But they're saying they have their claim of their ability to hold -- is that.
It was in our control because the -- was empty no she was the book person in the closest proximity.
To the actual contraband and therefore that that's -- why they're holding it all the for a week.
Well this is why it's very good for this woman apparently there are two independent witnesses.
Who testifying today or tomorrow that they saw her and took the bus and -- she -- her hand was a pocketbook and -- in a blanket.
-- -- -- that well how have you gotten a pocketbook.
I think in -- I had no.
-- been through how the biggest twelve pounds of pot I -- isn't like I mean like a baby.
As I did I think we -- it's at least as big as a crate let's put visibly -- -- the great the bottom line here is that.
Drugs in the -- going in and out of our country or it is a big issue the company obviously got some sort of a tip I believe.
They go on the bus.
There's the the marijuana there's a woman with an empty -- they don't don't -- pedigree that almost -- how many children when she was married -- she's a Mormon and all of this stuff.
So they do what they try our only but doesn't do.
Do they know or don't they know because the allegations coming out now John are that she did they were the only two Americans on the bus and now that this is a shakedown that the Mexican authorities wanted -- the the husbands claiming.
That they they they want -- 5000 dollars which I guess he off herder in BC asked him for it and maybe that wasn't enough I don't know but that didn't do it.
Yet that didn't do the trick in the -- Not -- -- -- the first time we've heard of possible shakedowns and brides coming out of Mexico -- so it's not yet far fetched to think that that's actually would happen especially when they were.
Let's assume they were targeted because we're the only Americans on the bus and that the matter is I don't think in your stories of people leaving each.
-- is still is not.
Think that's something gonna leave their drugs on the botnet well how are we felt if I.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You are talking to a start -- in my senior of high school.
Double I don't -- stink bomb in the auditorium and with the with the principles that no one -- they found that -- the my seat I did do it but I.
-- behind me slipped on the -- or not I'm eyesore Buddha.
-- until the bottom line what are they -- do they have all this we need it.
It -- that's a good joined its -- that marijuana.
A one woman sitting in -- DC headed back to America they have to at least investigate and unfortunately the -- my understanding is the that was 5000 dollars he raised that he went to that jail and she had been -- answer to another -- he went to get the -- he spoke to our.
The America that the United States senator from Arizona or is involved.
-- -- Mexican not a long -- off.
If it -- -- goes to trial and the Mexican.
Get justice system is so messed up and fortunately they very rarely connect -- -- that -- very -- connect.
But if it -- -- -- -- ten years in prison John I mean should we be doing more to intervene on her behalf I don't know what we're doing other than talking maybe we are but.
-- what should we be doing yeah I don't know we're doing much.
I think we should go and get and demand currently issued a naturalized US citizen I'm very sketchy facts and -- -- mother of seven headed -- -- -- -- That the -- senior figure out the roles were reversed -- -- would cool would could we do the same thing.
If we held to Mexican people or on -- bus and with a twelve pounds of marijuana in the Mexican authorities had no I don't we want about wins and we don't they don't have a he would charge that lane location you can sit on a hot doesn't it here's -- -- involves your --
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