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Compton woman arrested at U.S. border with illegal immigrant in duffle bag

October 4, 2010 | 10:20 pm

A Compton woman was apprehended at a U.S. border crossing in San Diego after she was caught trying to enter the country with an illegal immigrant inside a duffle bag in her SUV, federal authorities said Monday.

The 47-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen, was pulled over at the Otay Mesa checkpoint Friday and ordered to a secondary inspection area, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Officers conducting an inspection of the Chevy Blazer found a 39-year-old Mexican citizen stuffed inside a duffle bag, according to federal authorities. The woman was arrested and was awaiting arraignment at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego. Her name was not released.

--Robert J. Lopez