A two-year-old child is among 12 Venezuelan nationals who were detained by police at a beach in South Trinidad on Saturday.
The group, which comprised eight men and four women, was arrested at Palo Seco Beach.
The Venezuelan nationals were apprehended with their belongings after Santa Flora police received information that they came ashore illegally.
This was confirmed by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
In a statement yesterday, the TTPS said when officers arrived on the scene, they saw two vehicles, a silver Tiida and a silver Almera, parked on the shore with people packing their luggage into them.
According to the police, both vehicles were stopped and the Venezuelans, along with the drivers, who are Trinidadians, were detained and transferred to the Siparia Health Facility for Covid-19 screening. The group afterwards was transferred to Staubles Bay, Chaguaramas, for self-quarantine, police said.