Seven Venezuelans who reportedly entered the country illegally, have been detained by police, and are expected to be repatriated to their homeland soon.

An official statement from the Police Service says the group—consisting of two men, two women and three children—were discovered by a police cruiser, which was on patrol along Pluck Road, Woodland, around 12:50 pm yesterday, Sunday 22nd November 2020.

The TTPS explains that the officers, upon reaching the Godineau Bridge, observed several persons disembarking from a pirogue.  On  seeing  the  police, however,  the  vessel  sped  off  into  the  sea  leaving  behind  the persons who had been disembarking.

The group was immediately detained.  Police discovered them to be from Tucupita, Venezuela.

Officers  subsequently  conveyed  the  group  to  the  Siparia  Health Facility  where  they  were  medically  examined  and  swabbed  for COVID-19.

The TTPS says they will remain in quarantine as Immigration officials initiate the process to have them repatriated to their homeland.

The Police Service is asking citizens who are aware of similar cases of illegal entry by immigrants to call the police immediately via the 555 hotline.