12 Venezuelans detained by municipal police and quarantined
12 Venezuelans were detained and quarantined after they were caught travelling in a maxi-taxi in south Trinidad.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, the operation was carried out by the Municipal Police Unit attached to the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation while they were on patrol.
The Ministry said the incident took place on June 6, 2020 around 11.00 am when they intercepted a green band maxi taxi proceeding along Quinam Road in Penal.
Upon inspection, it was discovered that the maxi taxi was conveying 12 illegal Venezuelan immigrants of which, six were females and four were males.
They were accompanied by two Trinidadian males.
The Ministry said among them was a 14-year-old female who was in the company of her mother.
The exercise was conducted by Acting Corporal Balliram, PC Harripersad, WPC Choon-Jagroop and PC Sahadeo under the supervision of WP Inspector Felix – Neverson.
The Ministry said they were taken to the Penal Police Station where the Immigration Department, Special Branch and the Child Protection Units were contacted.
They were all placed under quarantine for 14 days after which charges for breach of the COVID-19 regulations and other immigration offences will be laid.
This operation is being supervised by WP Senior Superintendent Sharon Cooper and ASP Abbot of the South Western Division.
Minister Kazim Hosein urged municipal police officers to continue to do their duty and to be kind and humane at all times.
“Municipal Police Officers are trained in community policing and these efforts are a part of a mandate given to the Municipal Police Service to increase foot and vehicular patrols in towns and communities throughout the country. This collaborative effort with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service will ensure that citizens feel safe in their homes and while they traverse our towns and cities as the Government relaxes COVID-19 restrictions and the country returns to a sense of normalcy.”