EL PASO, Texas - A popular El Paso teacher has been
released from a Mexican jail after becoming the high-profile victim
of drug-smuggling scheme that uses unsuspecting commuters to move
marijuana across the border.
Ana Isela Martinez Amaya had been jailed in Ciduad Juarez since
May. She was released late Sunday after the Mexican attorney
general's office said they confirmed she didn't know 88 pounds of
marijuana had been hidden in her trunk.
The FBI believes that traffickers in the past year have used the
scheme to smuggle hundreds of pounds of marijuana each week into
Martinez is a Mexican citizen who legally teaches in the U.S. at
an elementary school. Supporters had rallied and petitioned for her
release since the 35-year-old was arrested while headed to work in