Three  police  officers  and  a  civilian  were  arrested early  this  morning  on suspicion of being gang members as well as trafficking in persons. 

The homes and the lockers of the three policemen were searched, and among the  items seized were cell phones. The officers are attached to the Central Division.

During the exercise, one of the police officers complained of chest pains and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The three police officers and the civilian held today are being questioned about the trafficking of persons, mainly minors, from Venezuela.

The  exercise  was  carried  out  by  the  Counter  Trafficking  Unit (CTU),  with  the support of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Special Operations Response Team (SORT).

Today’s arrests follow  a  similar  exercise  on  Monday 10th  February 2020,  in which  one policeman  and  a  Venezuelan  national  were  arrested  and  later  charged with various offences.

Investigations are ongoing.