Thirty seven Venezuelan nationals have been detained for being in the country illegally.

According to police reports, around 9:30 last evening, officers of the South Western Division Task Force (SWDTF) were conducting an exercise in Cedros when they had cause to stop five vehicles.

A search resulted in the discovery of 37 Venezuelan nationals in the vehicles: 11 men, 12 women and 14 minors.

Eight Trinidadian nationals from South and Central Trinidad also were arrested in connection with the incident.

Investigations are ongoing.

The police exercise also included officers from the Emergency Response Patrol and the Cedros Police Station.