A joint exercise between the Police and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) resulted in the capture of 32 Venezuelan nationals (who had entered the country illegally) and one Trinidadian in Carenage, on Saturday.

An official statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) reports that at 4:36 pm on Saturday 25th July 2020, officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) spotted a pirogue in the vicinity of the Third Boca, Chaguaramas.

A chase ensued and shortly after, the vessel was intercepted near Chacachacare Islands.

The TTPS statement notes that upon bringing the vessel to a halt, TTCG officers observed two persons swimming to the shore.

Police officers also responded and mounted a search for the suspects; however, it proved futile.

The 32 immigrants were conveyed to Staubles Bay where they were medically examined and transported to the Chaguaramas Heliport where they will undergo 14 days’ quarantine.

The TTPS is asking citizens with information on suspected illegal immigrants to call the police hotline at 555.