Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 21, 2016 (RSCNPF): The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is seeking the assistance of the general public in the locating and apprehension of fourteen (14) illegal immigrants who entered the Federation on January 14 onboard the (SV) sailing vessel Miss Over. Eleven are nationals of Haiti and three are nationals of the Dominican Republic.
Investigations have revealed that vessel entered the Federation in the Newtown, Bay Road area and the persons disembarked the vessel and ran into the surrounding areas. Two individuals were apprehended by Police and are in custody.
The Master of the vessel, Wensley George a native of Dominica was found guilty on two charges in relation to the incident: (1) Knowingly assisting Francess Pyton who has not being permitted to enter the Federation. He was fined EC$2000.00 forthwith. (2) Knowingly assisting Edma Toto who has not being permitted to enter the Federation. He was fined EC$2000.00 forthwith. A total of EC$4000.00 is to be paid forthwith and he must remain in Police custody pending deportation.
Officers the Immigration Department are investigating the incident. The individuals may not be fluent in English and will speak French creole or Spanish. Anyone who may have seen these individuals are asked to contact the Immigration Department at 465-8470 or any Police Station. Residents may also provide information on this or any other Criminal Activity by calling Crime Stoppers, the anonymous hotline at 1- 800-847 (TIPS).