Drug deal goes sour…Kidnapped victim rescued, cop among four arrested
Victim had paid for drugs with copper instead of gold
Excellent work by members of a police mobile patrol last evening resulted in the rescue of a Berbice man who was abducted yesterday morning in the Ancient County and held in a house at Eccles, East Bank Demerara.
Paul Kirton, 28, must have been extremely elated to see the police after hours of being held against his will by four men and a woman.
Four of the abductors, including a policeman have been arrested, while the search is on for the other one who made good his escape shortly before the police confronted the gang.
The woman professed innocence, telling investigators that she just happened to be the owner of the house where the abducted man was taken unknown to her.
But police are not buying her story, since they are convinced that she had knowledge of the plot.
The entire incident stemmed from a drug deal that went sour.
Kirton told investigators that he and a business partner had purchased some marijuana from two of the suspects and had paid them with raw gold.
It turned out that what he claimed was raw gold was in fact copper.
This angered the marijuana suppliers who later contacted him and threatened to kill him if he did not come up with the real payment for the herb they had supplied.
But before Kirton could make a move, the drug dealers, including the policeman, swooped down on his Berbice hideout and grabbed him.
He told police that he was handcuffed by the policeman and bundled into a car which headed to the city.
He claimed that throughout the journey to the city the men kept threatening to kill him and he had to “burst his brains” to find a way out of the situation.
When he reached the city his hopes shot up when he spotted a mobile police patrol in front of the car that he was in and he tried to attract their attention.
However, his abductors sensing danger placed a black bag over his head and forced him down to the floor of the car.
The ranks on patrol indicated that they had noticed the car with the suspicious looking men but they did not intercept it since they had recognised one of their own inside.
Kirton’s hopes faded as the police patrol sped away and he resorted to promising his abductors to get their money.
He was allowed to contact his business partner to arrange for the money to be delivered.
It was a tactical mistake by the abductors.
Kirton’s partner probably sensed that he was in trouble, and arranged with the abductors to make the delivery on Mandela Avenue.
Meanwhile, the abductors decided to stash Kirton at the Eccles house under the watchful eyes of one of their accomplices and his wife, while they waited at the pre-arranged spot for the money.
Sure enough, Kirton’s partner turned up but with the police in tow.
As soon as he made physical contact with the abductors, the police moved and held up the abductors.
After some roughing up, they were directed to the Eccles house where Kirton was being held.
Surrounding the property, they were able to rescue Kirton without any resistance.
All of the suspects were rounded up and taken to the Brickdam Police Station where they remain. The woman was a guest at East La Penitence.