A Trinidadian and six Venezuelan nationals were recently held entering the State of Grenada illegally without the consent of an immigration officer.
Grenada’s Commissioner of Police Edvin Martin disclosed this as he appealed to Grenadians to adhere to the country’s COVID-19 protocols during a Post Cabinet media briefing.
Martin said the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is uncertain what method the persons used to enter Grenada but strongly believe it may have been by boat.
The Police Commissioner said for the year thus far, police have interdicted 15 illegal immigrants from entering the State of Grenada. Seven occurred within the last week with five taken to court yesterday. Martin said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public should remain vigilant.
“We do not know how many have escaped the law enforcement gaze, how many might still be circulating in society. It would be a travesty if any such persons circulating in the community is a positive case with a strain that could affect the population,” said the Police Commissioner.
It was noted that for the entire year of 2020, only 20 persons entered Grenada illegally while at the end of the first quarter of 2021, the number is already 15.
Among the 15 interdicted for 2021 are nationals from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela. Some Grenadians were also held in the mix for leaving the territory and returning through illegal ports of entry.
As of yesterday afternoon, five Venezuelan nationals found last week at an apartment building at True Blue, St George were taken to court and charged for ‘Entering the State without the Consent of an Immigration Officer’.
The men pleaded guilty and were all ordered to leave the State of Grenada by the presiding Magistrate. Arrangements are being made to organise their travel documents for deportation.
In the interim, they are being held in police custody.