Bondsman: Fugitive with ties to drug cartel spotted in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A fugitive who has been on the run for more than a year is believed to be in Myrtle Beach. "Dee" is the Operations Manager with the Phoenix Team Fugitive Recovery Task Force and also a licensed bondsman. WMBF News is withholding Dee's true identity so that search efforts aren't corrupted.

Dee says the Task Force is looking for 34-year-old Eli Ohayon, a man who didn't show up for his court date in Ohio in 2012. The court date was scheduled after Ohayon was arrested after DEA Agents found more than 17,000 baggies of bath salts.

"He is wanted out of Warren County Ohio on 14 federal counts of drug trafficking related charges," Dee said.

Dee said Ohayon graduated from Myrtle Beach High school and has connections, still to this day, with people in the Grand Strand.

"We've received several recent sightings in both myrtle beach and north myrtle beach area. So he seems to be out and very active," Dee said.

Dee said Ohayon is likely using a fake name and is known to wear fake tattoos to disguise himself.

"He's about 5'8 and approximately 185 pounds. He has a shaved head and brown eyes and several distinctive moles including one under his right eye," Dee said.

Ohayon is considered armed and dangerous.

"He established himself as a local drug kingpin, building ties to Central American Drug Cartels, became a pretty big fish there," Dee said.

Myrtle Beach Police Captain David Knipes said there is currently not a BOLO(Be On the Lookout) issued for Ohayon. In June 2013, a call was reported to Myrtle Beach Dispatch stating Ohayon was at a home on 36th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. Ohayon was not found at the home. The police event report confirms Ohayon was wanted out of Ohio.

"This guy has been on the run for over a year. He's very good at this, he's good at hiding… we're not going to stop looking for him. We're going to look for him until we find him," Dee said.

Dee suggests anyone with information on Ohayon's whereabouts should call 843-421-0631. Tips can remain anonymous, however Dee said a reward is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to Ohayon's arrest.

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