Suspected drug trafficker executed in Newtown
- assailants fled on CG
Suspected drug trafficker Brian Chung was executed shortly after 20:00 hrs last night in the yard of his Da Silva Street, Newtown residence by two masked gunmen who fled the scene on a CG motorcycle.
Reports are that Chung, whose age was given as 40, was shot at close range in the forehead. He was already dead when police took him to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
Police were last night said to be questioning a woman who is said to have witnessed the execution.
The victim lived in the bottom flat of a two-storey house, while his sister and another female relative occupied the top flat.
One report said that Chung, also know as ‘Chungie’, was in his flat when two men pulled up on a CG motorcycle, entered Chung’s yard, and called for him. When he came outside, the men, who had handguns, cornered their victim and shot him.
The gunmen then exited the yard and fled east up Da Silva Street on the motorcycle.
Chung was rushed to the GPHC by police ranks who were called to the scene, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police confirmed that Chung, who is survived by two children, had several previous brushes with the law over drug trafficking.
There were suggestions last night that his murder could have been related to two recent incidents.
According to a source, Chung and other associates had “a problem”, which led to seven persons being arrested. Kaieteur News was told that a relative of one of the men vowed that Chung would be taught a lesson.
A police official also confirmed that Chung had recently fled during a drug raid in which some of his associates were arrested and charged.
In November 2010, Brian Chung was at the centre of an incident in which three cops from the Tactical Services Unit were implicated.
It was alleged that on November 12, 2010, the policemen carried out a search at Chung’s home and found 303 grammes of marijuana at the residence.
According to court documents, the policemen seized the marijuana and demanded $75,000 from Chung so that he would avoid prosecution. It was alleged in court that after the policemen left, Chung reported the matter and a sting operation was set up, in which the serial numbers on the notes in the $75,000 were recorded before being handed over to the police ranks.
It is alleged that the three policemen were intercepted later the same day by senior officers. A bag containing marijuana leaves, seeds and stems were reportedly found under of one of the seats of the vehicle that the policemen were using.
The marked bills were allegedly found on the back seat.
The accused ranks were subsequently remanded to prison on joint charges of demanding money with menace and trafficking in narcotics.