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Maine pastor jailed in Spain after falling victim to drug smuggling scam is released

DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: An officer opens the handcuffs of Heather Mack of the US as she arrive in a cell after her hearing trial on January 14, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Heather Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

DENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - JANUARY 14: An officer opens the handcuffs of Heather Mack of the US as she arrive in a cell after her hearing trial on January 14, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Heather Mack and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer are accused of murdering Mack's mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the back of a taxi outside a luxury Bali hotel in August 2014. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)  (2015 Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says a retired Maine pastor has been released from a Spanish prison after falling victim to an international drug smuggling scam.

Collins says 77-year-old Joseph Martin from Dresden, Maine, has been reunited with his family in the United States.

Martin had been in a Spanish prison since July 2015, serving a six-year sentence. Spanish customs and border agents found him with more than 3 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were hidden in documents that Martin agreed to pick up in South America and was trying to deliver to a woman he had fallen in love with online.

Collins and eight other lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry to work with foreign government to re-examine the cases of incarcerated victims.

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