Girl, mom cut out of car during border smuggling attempt

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say a 10-year-old girl and her mother allegedly being smuggled across the border had to be cut out of a car after the compartment they were hiding in failed to open in San Diego.

The Union-Tribune reports a police dog alerted authorities to the rear of the convertible Nissan at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry early Tuesday.

After several unsuccessful attempts to open the compartment, firefighters were called to cut it open.

The mother and daughter, both Mexican citizens, were not injured.

Customs and Border Protection says the driver, a 27-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested on suspicion of human smuggling.

The newspaper says the woman and the girl will remain in the U.S. as material witnesses against the driver before being returned to Mexico.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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