34 Venezuelan nationals arrested
Police exercises in the Port of Spain Division to root out illegal activities and illegal immigrants continue to bear fruit, this time with the arrest of ten Venezuelan nationals.
The ten detainees, which include nine women, were arrested during a police exercise on Saturday morning between 12 am and 3 am.
The exercise was supervised by officers of the Port of Spain CID including Snr Sup Basdeo, Snr Sup Persad, Sup Parriman, and Sgt Williams, among several others.
The officers, acting on information received, made their way to an area near the Copa Cabana Night Club along Dundonald Street, Port of Spain, where they conducted searches and questioned several persons.
At the end of the exercise, a 32-year-old man, as well as nine women between the ages of 22 and 35, were unable to produce evidence of passports or work permits which facilitated their presence in this country.
As a result, they were all detained, and taken to the Central Police Station along St Vincent Street, Port of Spain.
Immigration officials were then contacted and are said to be continuing inquiries.
Meanwhile, 24 Venezuelan nationals are currently in police custody after they were arrested last night in the South Western Division.
The 24 persons, said to be between the ages of 18 and 39, were arrested during a police exercise by officers of the South Western Division Task Force, under the supervision of Snr Sup Neville Adams.
The officers made their way to popular bars and liming areas in Penal and Siparia area where they had cause to conduct several searches.
The 24 persons held, said to be mostly women, were arrested after they were unable to produce passports of work permits which showed that their presence in this country was legal.
As a result, they were immediately arrested.
The detainees were handed over to officials from the Immigration Division who are continuing inquiries.
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