TWELVE Brazilian Nationals were, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, remanded to prison by Linden Magistrate, Wanda Fortune, for entering Guyana illegally.
The twelve Brazilians entered Guyana by a land frontier on July 30, 2020. They all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were remanded to prison until August 19, 2020.
On July 30, police intercepted a minibus along the Rockstone trail with the twelve Brazilians inside. They were escorted to the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH) quarantine facility at Wismar, Linden.
Also in July, three persons were arrested for attempting to ‘smuggle’ nine Brazilian nationals into Guyana via Sand Pit, an illegal crossing at the Takutu River, near the Guyana/Brazil border.
The police intercepted the minibus, BRR 4856, which was driven by a resident of Tabatinga, Central Rupununi. The Brazilian nationals were escorted back to Bonfim, Brazil, and handed over to the Federal Police.
With the borders closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, authorities in Guyana have been struggling to monitor the illegal crossings.