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Legal battle not over for Goodyear mom who spent 9 days in jail

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A Goodyear mother is back at home but not entirely in the clear after being released from a Mexican jail in May, accused of smuggling drugs.

Newly released video shows her and her husband boarding a bus. Its video they say exonerates them.

The Goodyear woman says she has had post-traumatic stress disorder since being released from the Mexican jail. She just went back to work Monday, even as Mexican authorities are appealing her release.

"I wish I never had this ordeal," says Yanira Maldonado.

Sitting comfortably in her Goodyear home, Yanira Maldonado says she's anything but comfortable. Mexican authorities are appealing her release after she was accused of smuggling drugs into the country last month.

"It's very sad how they do things over there."

Maldonado and her husband Gary took a bus to Mexico for her aunt's funeral. Newly released video shows them boarding the bus.

"It shows my wife carrying a small purse, two small water bottles, and I'm carrying a blue blanket and a pink blanket," says Gary Maldonado.

The bus was later stopped at a checkpoint where Yanira was arrested and accused of smuggling 12 pounds of marijuana. It was allegedly hidden under her bus seat.

"So there's no way you can carry 12 pounds with 2 packages like this and fold them up, and her purse is way too small too," says Gary.

Yanira's alleged wrongful arrest made national headlines. During that time, Senator Jeff Flake said he was monitoring the situation as well. She spent 9 days in a Mexican jail until this video and witnesses helped free her.

"They say 65% of the people go in innocent and if they don't have the support and people supporting them like we did, they're still there."

Still, despite the appeal, Yanira hopes her name is cleared so she can go back to Mexico where her parents and grandmother still live.

"It hurts to talk about that and to give up part of you, it's not in my speech," says Yanira. "It's scary, I don't know what is next."

"Now you got it on the back of your mind even more. Can this happen again?"

Maldonado says it could take months to clear her name. They've spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to prove her innocence and started a website to offset legal costs.

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