Surinamese dead, Guyanese wounded in drug deal shootout
A Surinamese national has been confirmed dead and a Guyanese badly wounded
following a shooting incident early Sunday morning in the Corentyne close to the Suriname mainland.
The dead Surinamese, who is said to be in his thirties, has been identified as Amjit Jhinoe, while the wounded Guyanese is listed as Troy Nelson.
Nelson, who reportedly was shot several times, is said to be in a Suriname hospital under guard.
There are reports that another Guyanese man is missing and late last night there were rumours that another body had washed up at Crabwood Creek. This newspaper was reliably informed that the shooting stemmed from a drug deal that went sour between a Guyanese gang and their Surinamese counterparts.
According to a source, the two sides had arranged to meet in the river to transact a drug deal under the cover of darkness.
During the transaction, a member of the Guyana side opened fire on the Surinamese, fatally wounding Jhinoe in the process.
According to the source, the Surinamese were well prepared for such eventuality and they returned fire with high powered weapons.
“The Dutchmen had sub-machine guns and they shoot up de (Guyanese) boat. I hear Nelson get about six shots,” the source told this newspaper.
The other occupants of the Guyanese boat, including the captain and the mastermind who was identified as ‘Bird’ from the East Coast Demerara village of Buxton, jumped into the river in an effort to preserve their lives.
The source said that Nelson was left in the disabled boat which eventually drifted towards the Suriname mainland. The Surinamese gang members with their dead colleagues sped away back to their homeland.
Word of the shooting reached the ears of law enforcement officials on both sides of the border and according to reports, the Surinamese authorities eventually took possession of the drifting boat with the badly wounded Nelson inside.
His exact condition is not too clear but there are reports that he has contacted relatives back home. Sources described Nelson as a well known convict who was only released from prison last year after serving a lengthy sentence.
The mastermind ‘Bird’ is said to have survived the assault but has not been accounted for as yet.
Meanwhile, police on the Guyana side held several raids on a few Corriverton residences on Sunday morning.
“They break down [the] door of a Corriverton man’s home, but they didn’t find anything,” another source revealed.