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.