Twenty-two Venezuelans were detained by officers of the South Western Division Task Force (SWDTF) for illegal entry into Trinidad on Sunday 16 August 2020.

An official statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) reports that they were police officers on exercise received information that a boat load of Venezuelan nationals was seen walking from the Palo Seco Beach and were heading to the James Street area.

The officers acted on the information and checks were made which led to the arrest of 22 illegal immigrants.

The TTPS says the detainees were taken to the Siparia Health Facility where they were medically examined.

They were then photographed at the Siparia Police Headquarters, after which they were taken to the Erin Police Station and are due to be conveyed to the Coast Guard Base at the Heliport in Chaguaramas.

The exercise was coordinated by Snr Supt John, Asp Ramdeen, Insp Simon and supervised by Sgt Breedy and Cpl Prince.

Investigations are continuing.