I know these long-distance buses are searched for drugs by Federal police routinely. The arrest of Yanira Maldonaldo from a long-distance bus has made me a bit weary. Maldonaldo was the American who was recently arrested and detained by Federal police for having marijuana under her bus seat. Apparently, she was framed and extorted for bribe money.
I was just wondering how common these checkpoints are and what the procedure is? If I am a law abiding American citizen - carrying no drugs and nothing else illegal - should I be a little bit worried? Also, should I be taking long-distance buses during the day rather than overnight? Thanks for any insight.