Twelve Venezuelans were arrested as they came ashore at Palo Seco Beach, Palo Seco, on Saturday.

According to official police reports, officers of the Santa Flora Police Station received information that a boat with Venezuelans nationals came ashore illegally.

The officers proceeded along the beach front and saw one Silver Tiida Motor vehicle and one silver Almera vehicle parked on the shore with the 12 Venezuelans packing their luggage into them.

The vehicles were stopped, and the Venezuelans and the drivers of both vehicles were detained. 

Police confirm they were transferred to the Siparia Health facility for COVID-19 screening. Afterwards, they were transferred to Staubles Bay, Chaguaramas, for quarantine.

The two drivers are Trinidad nationals.

Investigations are ongoing.