Two indicted for concealing overdose death, body found in Tabor City

Two Myrtle Beach men have been indicted for concealing an opioid overdose death whose body was dumped in a wooded area in Tabor City last year.

Charles Rayford Hunt Jr., 40, of Myrtle Beach, was charged after he disposed of the body of a overdose victim and did not notify authorities, according to the indictment.

He is charged with misprision of felony in connection with concealing the distribution of cocaine and heroin the use of which resulted in death, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 4, according to a news release.

The release states that Hunt is also charged with aiding and abetting the possession of the drugs that led to the overdose.

Jose Anthony Ortiz Jr., 38, of Myrtle Beach was also charged with misprision of felony for his role in destroying the personal effects of the overdose victim, the release states.

The indictment states that the maximum penalty both Hunt and Ortiz could receive for those pending charges is a fine of $250,000 and/or three years imprisonment.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Everett McMillian of the Florence office for prosecution.

The investigation is ongoing.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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