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UPDATE: More suspected illegal immigrants detained

- Latest detention of 3 men & 1 woman brings head count to 27
Eleven suspected illegal immigrants arrested on Peter Island were brought in to the Police Marine Base on Tortola on March March 17, 2013. The same day another 12 persons were detained on Peter Island. A further 4 persons were arrested on March 18, 2013. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The total number of suspected illegal immigrants now detained at Peter Island is now 27 following the arrest of four others on Monday, March 18, 2013.

11 were captured before noon on Sunday March 17, 2013  and a further 12 later on the same day.

“Following further information received, Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, yesterday continued their operations at Peter Island. Responding to intelligence in the early afternoon of Monday March, 18, 2013 the Officers detained a further 3 men and 1 woman of Haitian descent,” the RVIPF stated in a press release.

It said the suspected illegal immigrants were transported to the Road Town Police Station where they were screened and handed over to Immigration personnel.

“Following the operations over Sunday and early Monday, this brought the total number of suspected illegal immigrants detained to 27,” the RVIPF confirmed in the press release.

See previous article posted on March 18, 2013

Further 12 suspected illegal immigrants arrested on Peter Island

- Some 23 detained so far, more believed to be at large

A further 12 persons suspected to be illegal immigrants have been detained in a follow-up joint operation among the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), HM Customs and Immigration Officers at White Bay, Peter Island on Sunday March 17, 2013.

This follows the detention of some 11 suspected illegal immigrants on the same island at Little Harbour earlier in the day.

According to a press release from the RVIPF, “Responding to intelligence received at 11:25 A.M. the Officers detained 10 persons hiding in the bush and one person in the Resort itself. Subsequent searches in White Bay led to a further 12 persons being detained over the afternoon.”

Six of the detained persons are said to be females, one is a male child and the remainder are males. Most of the individuals are also believed to be Haitians, although two may be from Cuba and at least one is believed to be Dominican, according to police.

“Interviews with the individuals suggest that they were dropped off at night by boat, believing they were on St John in the USVI,” police said in the press release.

RVIPF’s Sergeant Carl Mason, when contacted by Virgin Islands News Online, said it is believed there may be more persons hiding out on the island and that another search is being conducted on Peter Island.

See previous story posted on March 17, 2013

11 suspected illegal immigrants arrested on Peter Island

Police in a joint operation with HM Customs and Immigration apprehended some eleven suspected illegal immigrants on Peter Island today, March 17, 2013.

The operation was executed just before noon.

"Following an intelligence-led operation on Peter Island, the Police, Customs and Immigration, worked together in a joint operation to detain eleven persons who are believed to be illegal immigrants," Sergeant Carl Mason of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) confirmed to Virgin Islands News Online.

Two of the detainees are said to be Cubans while the others are said to be Haitians.

The suspected illegal immigrants were reportedly hiding out in the bushes on Peter Island.

It is also suspected that there may be more persons hiding out on the island and another search will be conducted today. "Police, Customs and Immigration believe there may be more people on the island, this is not by the resort by the way this is in the bushes, and they will be going back out again to make a further search of the island."

Virgin Islands News Online will keep you posted on any further developments.

27 Responses to “UPDATE: More suspected illegal immigrants detained”

  • boat people (17/03/2013, 14:49) Like (5) Dislike (20) Reply
    Oh no bvi the land of milk and honey!!!
  • son of the soil (17/03/2013, 16:18) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    capture and deport
    • street man (17/03/2013, 21:12) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      They need to also deport peolpe who are here on a work permit but are not working. The employers that have people on work permits but no job for them should also be charged.

    • TO: son of the soil (18/03/2013, 16:09) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Shame on you for being so insensitive
      • . (18/03/2013, 18:36) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        Insensitive? WTF this look like, the United Nations holding centre? Scatter your ignorant backside. Of course illegal aliens must be captured and deported, including the ones who are wondering around unemployed or with expired work permit.
  • Fed Up (17/03/2013, 16:50) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    These haitian are a plague to every country and nation on earth
    • billyb (17/03/2013, 20:49) Like (25) Dislike (4) Reply
      these "plagues" are "people" like you and me, searching for a dignified living. What we need to do is capture them and demand that they go about it the right way, while treating them with the dignity they deserve. They could be criminals, they could be a lot of things, but we need to start showing empathy in the midst of enforcing our laws.

      When you, "." decide to move away from our small minded people of the bvi, would you appreciate being called a plague, no. You would like to be treated with dignity and respect.
      • Mick Mars (17/03/2013, 22:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        True words.
      • Master D (18/03/2013, 09:06) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        The true plague aree those who transport these people for an arm and a leg, and drop them off any where, but guess what there is an end to it, its pnly a matter of time
        • faith (19/03/2013, 04:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Remember, as a country it is us who set the moral and ethical tone over this matter.

          Good Luck.
      • Fed Up (18/03/2013, 09:31) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
        the money these haitian are spending to get to the BVI ILLRGALLY should be spent on getting the proper documents, and airline tickets. and i stick to my words. they are a plague to every nation on earth.. they sickening now man, causing us tax payers $1000s of dollars to keep,feed,try and deport them.
    • @ Fed Up (17/03/2013, 21:11) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      ?.......Hmmmm sounds wrong to me.

    • Peas (18/03/2013, 11:03) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      I agree just because they are haitians and cubans doesn't mean that they are below anyone of us...Its sickening the way your tiny brian processes information. Everyone deserves a right to find better for themselves and families and its sad some people have to risk their lives for that.
      • Fed Up (18/03/2013, 15:38) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply

        @ Pea u need to shut ur @Z$ from defending these illegal activities, maybe you yourself is an illegal migrant or the captain whose taking advantage of these people. why dont you try to enter another person country illegally to better your life?..

    • SUSS (18/03/2013, 12:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      dont say that they all human bean.if you were in that position you would do the same .how dear you calling people plague we are all one man hand made god dont like ugly becare what you say to people.
    • YOU (19/03/2013, 12:27) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Should i reverse the word to you? you do not deserve such attention! Pure ignorance!
  • . (17/03/2013, 17:36) Like (14) Dislike (25) Reply
    Give them all work permits and supervisory jobs, preferably in government. Let them work second and third jobs and set up their own businesses even in direct competition with BVIslanders already providing that service. After all, they will need that extra $$$ so that they can send for their kids so that they can get into school here. Thank them for gracing the 'lazy and backward' BVI with their superior presence and encourage them to develop the local economy and contribute.

    In a few years they can start demanding Belongers rights like everyone else around here. After they rescue some BVI men from their obviously unpleasant marriages to unkempt and prudish BVI women, they can get pregnant for BVI men and save the nation from being inbred.

    Isn't that how it works around here? Are you sure?

    Could have fooled me!
  • weed (17/03/2013, 20:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope none of the people in the ocrean flooting
  • yes we should (18/03/2013, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I feel for these poor people but they are our brother and sisters so we should help!
  • This is it (19/03/2013, 02:16) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    This note is specifically targeted towards the ignoramus known in this blog as "Fed UP". It's quite demeaning to read your derogatory comments in reference to our Haitian Caribbean brothers and sisters. You may be to young to know that only a few decades ago Tortolians were running from US Immigration is the USVI. Many Tortolians illegally entered and stayed in the USVI. Later they traveled "through the chute" to the US mainland. The vast majority of ILLEGAL Tortolians and "bonded workers" gained legal US status via amnesty. Today many Tortolians illegally born their infants in the US or USVI. Yes, it's illegal to enter the US with the intention to have your baby become a US citizen by birth.
    At this point, I would like to take this opportunity to state that I am not a proponent of illegal entry into any country, however at the very least "Fed Up" have a bit of compassion and know the history of your ancestors. You never know what forces individuals to risk their lives and financial savings for "a better life" in another country. Contrary to popular belief Tortola is not the mecca of the Caribbean, one day wealth, the next day you are living on the streets. Ask folks living in the FIRST WORLD NATION of the United States of America. Only two things are guaranteed, life and death....... Fed Up eat a bit of humble pie
  • Hmmm (19/03/2013, 15:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    These smugglers are something else, they drop thes people off in the BVI (after paying to get to the USVI) they fool them and tell them that they are in the USVI. These people have no intentions of residing in the BVI, they want to get to the US.
  • rock (19/03/2013, 16:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope they deal with that boat captain always fooling these poor migrants that they reach UVI that time they at round rock...strupppsss
  • my two cents (19/03/2013, 23:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    give the ppl ah break everybody wah ah better life
  • Khadyae (12/04/2016, 00:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    TO: who the poster is who is Fever is "fed up" or who holds/maintains-but will not speak out, I feel sorry for you that you have not one shred of empathy for people who are the result of political persecution, famine and natural disasters. Check your "facts" on the number of Haitians slaughtered by their own from Papa Doc, Baby Doc; read about what Father Jean Bertrand Aristide became before he was saved and sent to Sierra Leon. Read about the famine following the eartquake, shantytowns made from refugee towns. When you finish your factual inventory, if you feel the same way regarding this "plague" of humans to a land that you (?) built into Milk and Honey; if you feel the same way..I have one thing to tell/ask you: Are you that cariciture they call Trump? If not, he can use another soul like your to hurt

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