A woman with U.S. citizenship is facing up to 1,000 years in a Mexican prison over allegations she kidnapped dozens of people.

Nestora Salgado has been imprisoned in Mexico for 18 months after authorities accused her of kidnapping several people in the state of Guerrero. But the resident of Washington state, who is also indigenous to Mexico, contends she had arrested criminals and a corrupt official based on a law that allows indigenous people to form a police force.

“Even the worst criminal in Mexico right now, like the worst kidnapping people we know, they’re facing only 43 years in prison,” Salgado’s husband, Jose Luis Avila, told KIRO. “But Nestora, an indigenous woman, is facing almost a thousand years in prison.”

Avila says the charges against his wife are politically motivated and meant as a message.

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