More Venezuelan nationals have been intercepted in the Gulf of Paria by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), attempting to enter the country illegally.
According to a release issued by the TTCG, just before one o’clock this morning, twenty-six Venezuelan nationals were caught in a pirogue named Dona Josafena, with registration ARSI 3685.
The pirogue’s occupants included thirteen (13) adult males, four (4) adult females and nine (9) children.
The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard has confirmed receiving reports of an attempted robbery at sea in the vicinity of the Waterloo area.
In an official statement issued by the Public Affairs Officer, the Coast Guard explains it was deployed to the Waterloo area immediately upon receiving the report at about 10:21 last night, to conduct maritime security patrols and searches.
According to the release, upon further investigations, there were no confirmed reports of any injuries, stolen equipment or missing persons at sea, as a result of said incident.
A body has been discovered, floating two miles east of Carrera Island.
The body was retrieved by members of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) diving team on Monday.
Upon further investigation by the TTGC, it was discovered that the partially decomposing body was that of a male of African descent six feet tall, clad in a black tee-shirt, blue jeans and blue sneakers.
The body was handed over to the Carenage police station and is now the subject of a police investigation.
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An estimated $110 million worth of narcotics has been seized by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) for the year so far.
During a maritime operations patrol and media tour today, acting commanding officer of the TTCG, Don Polo, said just over 900 kilograms of marijuana and cocaine have been found in vessels intercepted by the coast guard.
Meanwhile, according to the acting commander, following the closure of the Venezuelan registration, over 400 Venezuelan nationals were detained and handed over to the Immigration Division.