The Bartica Police operating in tandem with the Guyana Geology Mines Commission found 18 Brazilians engaging in illegal mining activities in the Puruni Mining District on Tuesday.
The arrests followed a sting operation conducted that day. Some of them were in the country illegally while others were working without the necessary legal work permits. They were escorted to the Bartica Police Station and then to Georgetown under Police escort for further processing on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Bartica Police are continuing their investigations into the discovery of the body of an unidentified man in a pit latrine at Sulphur Creek Backdam, in the Cuyuni Mining District on Tuesday.
A team of policemen that had left Bartica on Tuesday is still in the area conducting their investigations . (Edward A Persaud)