The Immigration Department and Her Majesty’s Customs carried out a joint operation on Friday that resulted in 13 nationals of Brazil being held for questioning.
The operation started at a hotel in Cane Garden Bay and ended in the parking lot between HM Customs headquarters and the Immigration Department in Road Town, where a search was conducted, according to Government Information Services.
Chief Immigration Officer Dennis Jennings and Customs Comptroller Wade Smith said the Brazilians were legally admitted to the territory, but allegedly were here for an illegal purpose.
“Based on preliminary investigations, it appears that there may be an illicit intention,” Mr. Jennings said. “Because the matter is currently undergoing investigation, we cannot say for certain why the nationals entered the territory. Further information will be released to the public pending the outcome of the investigation.”
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