The Police Service has confirmed that six Venezuelan nationals who entered the country illegally were detained by police in Siparia yesterday, following a routine patrol in the district.

And the TTPS is reporting that officers also seized a quantity of marijuana and arrested two men in a separate exercise.

According to an official TTPS release, in the first incident on Tuesday 15 December, at about 11:15 am, officers attached to the South-Western Division Task Force (SWDTF) were on mobile patrol along the S.S Erin Road, Siparia, in the vicinity of China Gardens, when they observed a silver Toyota Corolla at the side of the roadway with several persons exiting the vehicle.

SWDTF officers intercepted the group and discovered six Venezuelans nationals—four males, a female and a child.  The Venezuelans reportedly had entered the country illegally.  All six, including the driver, a 39-year-old citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, were detained pending further investigations.

The group was taken to be medically examined and quarantined before being handed over to Immigration officials to be repatriated to their homeland.

In a separate exercise, SWDTF officers proceeded to several areas during an anti-crime exercise.

They arrested a 25-year-old man for possession of marijuana, and a 29-year-old man for an outstanding warrant.

Officers also found a quantity of marijuana in an open lot at Thompson Trace, Quarry Village, Siparia.

Investigations are continuing into these matters.