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.
Two pregnant Venezuelan women were among 28 Venezuelan nationals intercepted on a pirogue in T&T waters on Tuesday morning.
According to the T&T Coast Guard (TTCG), at about 1.30 am, coast guard officers—who were conducting maritime border patrols just off the West Coast in the Gulf of Paria—observed the pirogue sailing full speed towards the coastline.
The coast guard vessel intercepted the Venezuelan sea vessel named Doña Isabel (registration number ARSI PE 0159), west of Gasper Grande Island.
On board the officers found 18 males and 10 females.
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.