Convicted Berbice drug trafficker found murdered, 5 arrested

The lifeless body of 28-year-old Tyrone France was found along the parapet at Heatburn Village, East Bank Berbice (EBB) on Monday.
At the time of his discovery, several marks of violence were found on the body leaving detectives to work on the theory that he might have been murdered. As such at least five persons have since been arrested and are being interrogated in connection with the murder.

Dead: Tyrone France

Regional Commander Senior Superintendent Shivpersaud Bacchus after the discovery, told media operatives that at the time, the man was only clad in a pair of three-quarter pants.
He stated that based on preliminary reports, France attended a bar-b-que in the company of three others. A family member at the scene stated that based on the injuries, France was struck with a blunt object.
“Whether it is a cutlass or a piece of wood, something was used. From the post mortem which we have not conducted as yet, we will get a report and that would ascertain what type of wound whether is a cutlass or a blunt object or any other object that was used,” he said.
According to the Commander, initial investigations led to the arrest of three persons but it is still an active investigation.

The area where the body was found

“On that morning three persons who were imbibing with the victim at the time were taken into custody and additionally this morning [Tuesday] based on intelligence gathering two persons were also taken into police custody as the investigations continue. There is a primary and a secondary scene. The location where they were imbibing, they moved from there including the victim and it is believed that the incident would have taken place at the primary and then it moved to the secondary location where the victim’s body would have been found there.”
France was previously convicted and imprisoned for narcotics possession and was on the police’s radar for other incidents. He was recently put out of his home by his mother as his company and activities were not approved by other family members.
Police are continuing their investigations.