While police locked down the coastal points at Beach Camp, Palo Seco and Erin on Wednesday night, three more boatloads of Venezuelans arrived at Icacos Beach and Columbus Bay.
A source who requested anonymity said the boats came in between 11 pm on Wednesday to 1:30 am on Thursday. Shortly after midnight, a heavy contingent of police came in, searching for the Venezuelans.
It is believed they fled into the forests near Constance estate, La Vege Estate, St Quintin Estate at near Columbus Bay. A few of them were later arrested but the majority are still in hiding.
The T&T Coast Guard (TTCG) is on standby should they be called for help by the Venezuelan Coast Guard as the search continues for 19 refugees, who have been feared drowned after the pirogue they were in sunk last Thursday.
The lone survivor of the incident, Alberto Abreu, 25, of Margarita, who was rescued by a US businessman Robert Richards, Virgin Islands, is currently in Grenada.
The Ministry of National Security is seeking interns with special skills, to assist in the registration of Venezuelan nationals, which is due to begin on May 31.
The ministry issued a statement today saying that it offering short-term internships to persons pursuing tertiary level Spanish to serve as registration clerks.
It is also seeking retired Spanish teachers and other persons to serve as interpreters and translators.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday May 22.
In order to force embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to act to defuse the current situation affecting the south-American nation, which has led to millions of citizens fleeing the country, a US intelligence expert is recommending that all cash inflows to Venezuela be stopped immediately.
In addition, he said another sign of good faith by Maduro would be the immediate release of close to 800 political prisoners.
A helicopter has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City, the fire department confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
A spokesperson for the FDNY confirmed the crash and said the pilot, the only person on board, was safely removed from the water with no injuries.
The department's verified Twitter account said there were two other non-life-threatening injuries.
While the ban on Venezuelan ferries continued at the Cedros port, three Venezuelan cargo boats docked at Kings Wharf, San Fernando early Wednesday, bringing goods from Venezuela.
Around 7:30 am, Guardian Media captured the arrival of the vessels which came from Guiria.
One was a larger ship while the two others were smaller pirogues.
Most of the Venezuelans did not speak English and they shied away from media cameras.
However, a source said the cargo included ground provisions from the South American mainland.
A total of 200 motorcycles are coming from China for use by the Police Service, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced yesterday during the contract signing ceremony for the new billion dollar Port- of- Spain Central Block yesterday.
The Prime Minister said this was among some of the requests his Government made for assistance and equipment from the Chinese Governement with regard to the possible improvements in this country.
Dozens of Venezuelan asylum seekers and refugees flocked to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fernando on Monday, hoping to get assistance ahead of the government's May 31 registration.
From as early as 7 am, the Venezuelans gathered at the church on Harris Promenade where they were interviewed by officials from the Living Waters Community.
Over 100 illegal Venezuelans have been arrested and about 25 sent to the Detention Centre following a tightening of border patrols around the southern coasts this week.
The Venezuelan ferries which usually bring some 700 plus passengers legally from Venezuela on a weekly basis have been barred from docking at the Cedros port.
When Guardian Media visited the area Wednesday, there were no activities at the port.
A Coast Guard interceptor vessel was docked outside of the security complex and was preventing any Venezuelan vessel from coming into the port.
Seventeen recently promoted Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals serving in the US Military on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Diplomatic Center, St. Ann’s as part of a CAPSTONE visit.
The team, together with US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires John McIntyre and US Embassy Chief Military Liaison Officer Col. Claudia Carrizales, also met with Minister of National Security Stuart Young and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dennis Moses.
CAPSTONE is a joint service professional military education course at the National Defense University.