Thirteen  Venezuelans  were  detained  for  illegal  entry  into  Trinidad  by  Erin  and Santa Flora police, on Saturday 26th September 2020.

An official report from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) states that the Erin  Police  Station was alerted to the Venezuelan immigrants illegal entry by the Operation Command Centre, at 8:47 pm on Saturday.  They reportedly were  hiding  near  the  Erin  Fishing  Facility. 

The TTPS says  officers  from  the  Erin  and  Santa  Flora  police stations responded to the report and upon their arrival at the location, were informed that a pirogue had just dropped off several Venezuelans nearby.

A search was conducted and the officers eventually discovered 13 persons with large bags, who appeared to be wet, hiding behind a pirogue on the northern side of the fishing facility. They were detained and conveyed to the Erin  Police Station on enquiries, after  which  they  were  taken  to  the  Siparia  Health  Facility,  where  they  were medically examined. 

The TTPS says the detainees  are  currently at the Erin Police Station and will soon be conveyed to the Coast Guard Base at the Heliport in Chaguaramas, to be placed in quarantine.

According to release from the Police Service, this latest  report  of immigrants being detained  follows  an  incident  on Thursday 24th September 2020, in which 18 Venezuelans and 14 Chinese nationals were  found  to  be  in  contravention  of  the  Public  Health  Ordinance  Regulations, following a raid at a sports bar along the Southern Main Road, Curepe.

Police are currently working with the Immigration Division to ascertain the status of these Venezuelan and Chinese immigrants.

Investigations continue.