A woman and her daughter were arrested Friday on charges they both tried to hire the same undercover police officer - posing as a hit man - to kill their estranged husbands, each unaware of what the other was doing, police said.

Judith East, 45, of San Diego, and her daughter, Venise Morris, 27, of La Mesa, were arrested after the police detective held seperate meetings with each woman earlier in the week to discuss the murder plots, police spokesman Dave Cohen said."Our Criminal Intelligence Unit developed information that these women were intending to have their husbands killed," he said. "An undercover detective called these women - independently and without the knowledge of the other - and agreed to meet with them."

Details on how the information was obtained was not being released, Cohen said.

Detective Vic Schuman met with Morris on Wednesday near a Hilton hotel on San Diego's Mission Bay to discuss the proposed slaying. He met with East on Thursday at a shopping mall near her home.

"Apparently neither (woman) knew that the other was contacting a hit man," Cohen said.

The women were each jailed on one count of soliciting a hit man.