Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Social media tips lead officers to man living illegally in Cayman

Tips received on social media led the Department of Immigration’s (DOI) Enforcement Division and the Joint Law Enforcement Task Force to successfully apprehended an individual suspected of violating the Immigration Law.

On Wednesday officers located and arrested the native Saint Vincent man, who had been living in Grand Cayman on various work permits, after being deported from another country.

The individual in question was located in the Lower Valley area, and arrested by Immigration officers for making false representations and being a prohibited immigrant.

Deputy Chief Immigration Officer, Garry Wong, stated that the department received a number of complaints via social media in regards to the man’s identity.

“After learning of the situation, thanks to the public’s assistance, we sought confirmation from U.K. authorities, and it was discovered that the man was in fact deported from the U.K. after serving time on an 11-year prison sentence for drug importation offences,” he explained.

Investigations are still ongoing and the man remains in Immigration custody at this time. The individual will be removed from the Cayman Islands on the conclusion of his legal matters.  

 “I would like to sincerely thank the members of the public who came forward and provided us with the information, which ultimately led to the success of this operation. We appreciate your support in ensuring border security and public safety,” added Wong.

Immigration officers continue to encourage the community to be diligent in their awareness of illegal activity, and to always report breaches of the law.