Story by RADHICA DE SILVA ([email protected])
Two days after 12 Venezuelan nationals were arrested in Palo Seco, another Venezuelan national has been arrested with guns and ammunition in Granville, Cedros.
Around 5:15 pm on Wednesday, officers from the Marine Interdiction Unit of the T&T Customs Department were on patrol at Granville when they saw a man walking through some bushes. He reportedly was carrying something in his hand.
The officers gave chase and later arrested the suspect. He was found with a 12-gauge shotgun, two rounds of 12-gauge ammunition and six rounds of 9mm ammunition. The suspect was arrested and handed over to the immigration department.
An official statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) reports:
“The 23-year old migrant was immediately arrested for the offence of possession of a firearm and ammunition. He is currently being quarantined after communication with the Chief Medical Officer.”
Since March, both land and sea patrols have been boosted to ensure that Venezuelan nationals do not cross the border.
On Monday, nine Venezuelans were arrested at Palo Seco. The immigrants had been seen coming off a boat in Palo Seco. Officers from the Santa Flora Police quickly responded and arrested two adults, four teenagers and three children disembarking from a wooden boat.
The boat driver sped off but the nine were taken to the Health Facility for COVID-19 screening. They are expected to be deported back to Venezuela.