COLE BAY--The Immigration department carried out a control at a construction site located behind Cappuccino Diner on Thursday. When the officers arrived on site, one of the construction workers tried to escape and while fleeing he tripped over an iron rod injuring himself, according to police on Friday.
“Unfortunately the rod pierced his hand. The ambulance was immediately called for assistance and eventually took him to the emergency room for medical attention. After the medical treatment he was brought to the station for further investigation,” stated police.
During this control, the Immigration Officers arrested three men from the Dominican Republic and two men of Venezuelan Nationality. The 5 men were not in the possession of a valid work permit nor a valid residence permit. They were arrested and are in police custody awaiting their expulsion to their countries of origin.
According to the law, the construction companies who hire illegal workers can receive a fine of up to NAf. 100.000,-. The St. Maarten Police Force/Immigration Department will continue to carry out more controls.
The case has officially been taken over by the Unit Human Trafficking and Smuggling for further investigation and the Prosecutors Office will decide what the following steps in this investigation will be.