The Arizona mother detained in Mexico for more than a week on drug charges is in the process of being released from jail, a family spokesperson tells ABC News.
Yanira Maldonado, 42, was detained by authorities on May 22 after Mexican soldiers said they discovered 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus at a check point.
Maldonado's brother-in-law, Brandon Klipple, told ABC News in a brief statement, "Yanira is being released now. See you at the jail."
Maldonado maintained her innocence throughout her detainment and her family believes she was framed. Maldonado was being held at a jail in Nogales while authorities decided her fate.
"I was in shock. I'm like this is not real. This is not happening. I don't know. I thought maybe this was a set-up or a joke or something. I was just waiting for it to end but I realized that it's real, that I'm being detained," Maldonado told ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV Wednesday in a jail-house interview.
On Thursday, court officials reviewed video of Maldonado and her husband, Gary, boarding the bus in Mexico with only blankets and bottles of water in their hands. The family's lawyer in Nogales, Mexico told reporters that he was "100 percent" confident Maldonado would be released after a judge reviewed the video from the bus company.
At the check point, the soldiers who accused her of trafficking drugs took her into custody. Her husband was released after initially being suspected of smuggling.
Maldonado said a Mexican official told her she had to plead guilty despite her insistence that she was innocent. "She's like, 'I'm here to help. I'm here to put criminals behind bars,' and I thought, "Thank God. I'm innocent.' So, I thought that she was here to help me and she didn't," Maldonado, a devout Mormon, said.
The family said an attorney in Mexico told them they could bribe the judge. Gary Maldonado frantically had family wire him $5,000 for the bribe. He says, although the money was offered, it was not accepted.
Yanira Maldonado, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Mexico, is a mother of seven and a devout Mormon.
ABC News' Jesus Ayala contributed to this report.
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