POLICE arrest eight people on charges related to illegal vending in Port-of-Spain on Wednesday.
They were all granted $1,500 station bail.
The arrests followed two separate exercises conducted in the Capital City.
In the first operation on Wednesday morning, officers attached to the Port-of-Spain City Police were patrolling along Independence Square and Charlotte Street, when they saw four people who were operating makeshift stalls.
When city police officers enquired of their legitimacy, the vendors were unable to provide the necessary documentation.
The four, a 30-year-old man of Laventille, a 34-year-old woman of Maraval, a 43-year-old man of Carapo and a 54-year-old woman of Beetham Gardens, were all charged with willful obstruction, offer for sale marketable commodities, and unlawful pitch of a stall.
They were expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate on Thursday.
In the second exercise on Wednesday night, four other persons were arrested and charged for willful obstruction, offer for sale marketable commodities, unlawful pitch of a stall, exposing intoxicating liquor for sale and illegally selling tobacco products.
Charged were two men, both 42, of Longdenville and Arouca, and two women, aged 46 and 49, of Port-of-Spain and Oropune Gardens, respectively. The Arouca man was also charged for resisting arrest.
These four are all expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain magistrate in April.