CHARLESTOWN, Nevis - FOLLOWING the illegal entry of 21 Haitian nationals into the Federation, police have charged a number of individuals, including two Dominicans; two Haitians, who reside in McKnight, St. Kitts; a male resident of Sprott Street, St. Kitts; and two individuals who reside in Nevis.
On Sunday (Jan. 2), a number of persons had entered the Federation via Nevis on a vessel that ran aground at Bath Village.
Police, in a media release, stated that later on the same day 17 Haitian nationals - 11 males, four females and two juveniles - were taken into custody and were in quarantine.
The vessel in which they came bore no name and was seized by the authorities.
The media release also stated that following an operation conducted at a home in Nelson’s Spring on the following day, an additional seven persons were also taken into custody and placed in quarantine.
Among the seven persons, two were said to be said currently residing in the Federation.
In another media release today (Jan 13), police have provided more details and named the individuals who were charged in connection with the matter.
Dominicans Wensley George and Brian Etienne were yeaterday charged for Entry into the Federation at a Non-Formal Port, Disembarking Without the Consent of an Immigration Officer and Allowing Persons to Disembark a Vessel as the Master of said Vessel.
Etienne was caught at the airport attempting to flee the country.
Also charged yesterday were Haitian nationals Datus Gregoire and Vincent Wendy-Darlene, both of whom reside in McKnight. They were charged for Harbouring Illegal Immigrants.
Gregoire was granted bail on that said day in the sum of $5,000 with two sureties for his appearance at the Charlestown Magistrate Court on Tuesday (Jan, 18), while Wendy-Darlene remains in police custody.
Gregoire, Wendy-Darlene, and Claxton were apprehended following an operation conducted on a house at Old Hospital Road, Nevis, at which a small group of illegal immigrants were found. Walters, who was present a
On Saturday (Jan, 8), Emmett Bart of Sprott Street was charged for Harbouring a Fugitive and has since been remanded at Her Majesty’s Prison.
George was apprehended by the police and taken into custody along with Bart following an operation that was conducted at Bart’s residence.
On the previous day, Rudolph Claxton of Craddock Road and Leroy Walters of Government Road were charged for Harbouring Illegal Immigrants.
Both of them were bailed later that day in the sum of $10,000 with two sureties and were to appear at the Charlestown Magistrate Court on Wednesday (Jan. 11).
Gregoire, Wendy-Darlene, and Claxton were apprehended following an operation conducted on a house at Old Hospital Road, Nevis, at which a small group of illegal immigrants were found.
Walters, who was present at the time, fled the scene, but was later captured by the police.
The 21 illegal Haitian nationals are still in police custody.