A police operation has led to the arrest of close to fifty Haitian Nationals here.
Thirty-seven of those Haitian Nationals were arrested in Jimmit on Monday August 3rd, 2020 while a further eleven were arrested on Friday August 7th.
Thirty-one of those arrested were charged for having overstayed their time here in Dominica according to the Chief of Police, Daniel Carbon.
Carbon said they appeared before a magistrate court on Friday and were expected to return on Monday August 10th.
“Over the past few months, the police have arrested 22 individuals for illegal entry and five vessels were intercepted. In an earlier press briefing, I informed the Haitian community that they were welcomed to visit and remain in Dominica, however, they must follow the laws of Dominica,” the Chief of Police, Daniel Carbon noted.
Carbon also warned citizens of Dominica who wishes to come in to do so legally at a designated port of entry.
“I am taking this opportunity to once again appeal to those who are bent on entering and leaving Dominica through unauthorized ports of entry/exit to desist from doing so,” Carbon warned.
The police is also calling on the communities to provide any information that may assist the police in preventing people from leaving and entering illegally.
“The police is willing to pay a reward for this information,” the Chief of Police noted. He added, “Let me say that anyone found leaving or entering through unauthorized ports entry will be dealt with forcefully according to law.”
Carbon also mention of agencies including the Government of Dominica, the Ministry of Health, and the Police who have worked very hard to make Dominica COVID-19 free.
He said, “There are protocols in place for people to enter and leave Dominica. All these measures were instituted to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.”