Twenty-four Venezuelans were detained during a joint exercise by members of the South Western Division Task Force, the Inter-Agency Task Force, and the Special Naval Unit at Bunsee Trace, Penal.

A release from the Police Service says around 10 pm on March 29th, 2021, the team of officers were conducting an exercise in the South Western Division when they encountered a large group of persons who appeared to be of Hispanic origin.

According to the TTPS report, on seeing the officers, the contingent fled in several different directions.  The officers gave chase and were able to detain 24 persons—14 men, seven women, and three infants—all of whom were revealed to be Venezuelan nationals, and who appeared to have entered the country illegally.

The group was taken to the Siparia Health Facility where they were medically examined.

Currently, they are being kept at the Siparia Police Station, pending further enquiries.