Four Venezuelan nationals have been detained by officers of the South Western Division, during an anti-crime exercise at the Los Iros Beach, Erin, last evening.
During the exercise, which was led by Sgt. Richardson, of the Santa Flora Police Station, officers had cause to stop and search a brown Nissan Almera motor vehicle parked near a bar occupied by two Trinidadian men and four Venezuelans.
Enquiries led officers to believe that the three Venezuelan women, ages ranging from 22 to 41 years, and a 3-year-old Venezuelan boy, were in the country illegally.
Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque says he is not aware of an incident, which was Thursday's Jamaica Observer front-page story, in which a Jamaican woman and her four-month-old son were denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago, and as a result he was reluctant to comment on the issue.
The woman, who is from St Mary, has accused Trinidad immigration of inhumane treatment.
“I am not aware of the incident at all, so I am a little bit reluctant to comment on something that I am not aware of,” LaRocque said yesterday.
Two Venezuelan women are now in the custody of the Immigration Division, after being held by officers of the South Western Division, during an anti-crime exercise in the Penal district.
During the exercise, supervised by Sgt. Sheldon Ablacksingh, several drug blocks were searched between 2 am on Monday 4th June, 2018 and 7 am on Tuesday 5th June, 2018.
There, officers had cause to detain two women, whom they suspected of being in the country illegally.
Three Venezuelan nationals were arrested by officers of the South Western Division, during an anti-crime exercise in the South Oropouche district earlier this morning, police said in a statement Monday.
Whilst on patrol, officers conducted inquiries at the Blue Door Bar, Belle View, South Oropouche, around 2 am on Monday 21st May, 2018, when they had cause to detain two women, ages 25 and 30, and a 58-year-old man of Venezuela.
The immigrants were conveyed to the Fyzabad Police Station and subsequently handed over to officers of the Immigration Division.
Police have detained a Guyanese national who has been on the run for some time, after entering the country illegally.
The man was arrested as he attempted to board the ferry to Tobago this afternoon at the Ferry Terminal in Port-of-Spain.
Reports indicate that the man had escaped Immigration custody and was also wanted on a crime of petty larceny.
The man was arrested after the vehicle plate he arrived in triggered turned up as a vehicle wanted by police.
Just three days before 82 Venezuelan nationals were repatriated from Trinidad & Tobago to Venezuela, the President of the Foreign Policy Committee of the National Assembly of the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela, Luis Florido, wrote to T&T's Ambassador in Caracas, Paul Byam, calling for the men to be released from T&T's Immigration Detention Centre on humanitarian grounds.
The letter stated that the Venezuelans were seeking to escape the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, adding that "this is not a crime".