9 Venezuelans, including 3 children, held at Palo Seco Beach
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said nine Venezuelan nationals, three of them children, were detained for illegal entry after they were seen alighting from a boat near Palo Seco Beach.
According to a TTPS statement issued Monday, the incident took place on Sunday morning.
The TTPS said an anonymous caller contacted the Santa Flora Police Station on Sunday around 10.15 am, saying that Venezuelan migrants were seen coming off a boat at Palo Seco Beach.
As a result, Cpl Ag Monsegue and PC Clarke went to the location to conduct enquiries.
On arrival at the beach, the officers observed nine Venezuelans, comprising of two adults, four teenagers and three small children, coming off a small wooden boat.
On seeing the officers, the driver of the boat sped off and escaped.
The TTPS said all nine people, including the children, were detained and taken to the Santa Flora Police Station, then conveyed to the Siparia Health Facility for COVID-19 screening.
The TTPS said they are currently being held at the Erin Police Station.
The TTPS said investigations are continuing.