US traveler released from East Timor jail

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Oregon, woman who was detained for months in East Timor has been released from jail.

Stacey Addison was arrested in September shortly after crossing the border into the Southeast Asia nation. The 41-year-old veterinarian was sharing a taxi with a stranger who asked the driver to stop the car so he could pick up a package. Police stopped the vehicle, determined the package contained methamphetamine and took everybody to the station.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley had been working to secure Addison's release. He says this is wonderful Christmas news.

Addison's mother, Bernadette Kero, says she is "tremendously relieved," and will be even more so when her daughter gets her passport returned.

In the meantime, Kero says her daughter is staying at the guest house of former president Jose Ramos-Horta.

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