DUBLIN, Calif. — Federal authorities say two women who escaped from a Northern California federal prison have been arrested in Mexico and returned to the United States.

The United States Marshals Service said Thursday the two were arrested this week in two Mexican border cities and are back in federal custody.

The service says Mexican officials arrested 37-year-old Irene Michell in Tijuana on Tuesday and the following day detained 34-year-old Anna Armstrong in San Luis Rio Colorado.

Michell and Armstrong walked away in September from the Federal Correctional Institution, a low-security prison for female inmates in Dublin.

They were both serving prison sentences for trafficking methamphetamine, in unrelated cases.

They now face charges of escaping from a federal prison.

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