Nine Venezuelan nationals have arrested for being in the country illegally.
A statement by the Police Service says the Venezuelans were held during an anti-crime exercise over the weekend.
While on mobile patrol along S.S. Erin Road, Santa Flora, officers observed three vehicles driving in convoy, namely a silver Nissan Wingroad, a white Mitsubishi Lancer and a gold Toyota Hilux.
The officers observed five men and four women appearing to be Venezuelan nationals, whom they suspected of being in the country illegally.
Twenty-seven Venezuelan nationals were arrested during an anti-crime exercise, conducted by officers of the Southern Division, in the Barrackpore district, over the weekend.
Officers of the Southern Division Task Force and San Fernando Criminal Investigation Department conducted the exercise, which was supervised by ASP (Ag.) Peter Ramdeen and Insp. (Ag.) Don Gajadhar, between 3 am and 11 am on Saturday 7th April, 2018.
Eight Venezuelans have been committed to stand trial in the High Court on charges of importing and trafficking cocaine with a street value of $50 million.
In giving her ruling, Deputy Chief Magistrate Nanette Forde-John, presiding in the Port-of-Spain Fifth Court, found that a prima facie case had been made out against the foreigners.
They are: Victor Jose Careno, Oscar Thomas Ruiz Colmenarez, Dionya Andres Marval Salazar, Alexis Caldea Lopez, Pablo Rafael Marval Rodriguez, Jose Gregario Marval Salazar, Saul Ellia Waldrop and Jose Florentino Alcala Carrion.
Nine Venezuelan nationals were arrested and two revolvers, a pistol and a quantity of assorted ammunition seized, by officers of the South Western Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise in the district, yesterday.
Police said in a statement that the exercise, coordinated by Supt. Robert Phillip and including officers of the Penal CID, was conducted around 2:15pm, on Thursday 22nd February, 2018, during which the officers proceeded to a house located at St. James Crescent, La Romaine.