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A group of Venezuelans, which includes a four-month-old baby and 15 other children, was detained by officers of the South Western Division for illegal entry into the country.

According to a statement from the TTPS, on Tuesday, November 17 officers of the Emergency Response Patrol (ERP) made their way to Chatham Bay.

On arriving at the location, the officers observed a white and brown coloured fishing vessel approaching the shoreline. The boat bore no registration or markings and had a number of persons who appeared to be of Hispanic ethnicity.

The occupants of the vessel, upon seeing the officers, disembarked and attempted to flee into the heavily vegetated area.

A search was conducted by the ERP team, South Western Division Task Force, and officers of the Point Fortin and Cedros charge rooms and they successfully detained four male and nine female adults with 16 children, for a total of 29 persons.

The group ranged in ages from 46 years old to four months old.

The migrants, all of whom are from Tucupita, Venezuela, were taken to the Siparia Health Facility to be examined in accordance with COVID-19 protocols and regulations and then to be quarantined. Investigations are continuing.