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Dog the Bounty Hunter helps find man on Hawaii island

by CNN Staff • Updated 18th October 2016

(CNN) — Jody Laundrie spent 10 days in a Hawaii jail following an alleged drug trafficking ring in the Pacific islands and now, after a day of searching on a new island, “Dog the Bounty Hunter” says he’s found a site linked to Laundrie.

Last month, Laundrie and his partner were arrested after a seven-week investigation focused on goods being shipped from Jamaica to Honolulu and Maui. The two were booked on counts of trafficking opium or heroin and forgery.

When Laundrie returned from a trip to Hawaii last week, he said the smugglers went into hiding. The bounty hunter says he decided to confront Laundrie on the island where he had been staying.

“I decided when I walked onto the island to go after these men with guns, telling them that they are going to jail, get out in the open and give ’em the neck right there and that’s what I did,” Laundrie said, according to an episode of “Dog the Bounty Hunter: Daddy’s Gone Wild” that aired Thursday night.

Police learned Laundrie was still on the island and raided his camp, finding drugs and money. He was arrested on February 18, according to police.

“I’ve never seen so much money in my life,” Laundrie says in the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” video.

Police found 2 pounds of marijuana, 8 pounds of crack cocaine, $16,000 in cash, several guns and airline tickets that Laundrie had bought. “The most unbelievable thing was, they found a whole new camp site that I’ve been using,” Laundrie says.

“I’m standing in a thick black volcanic rock, that’s where I’ve been staying for the last couple of days. I’m standing in a bit of thick lava, very steep and slanted,” he says. “Last night there was a hawk coming from somewhere in the area, and that’s what I was looking for, really. We’ve been looking for a hawk, and we’ve seen one after another on the rocks and everything else, and sure enough, here comes a hen hawk with six to seven chickens.”

Laundrie left behind a cellmate who he said was “very manipulative and very controlling.” After a day of searching, Laundrie has not seen his cellmate and is scared the man has become a hostage.

“If he’s gone, he’s gone for good,” Laundrie says. “I’m tired of being put in jail. I want to be with my family and my kids.”

Laundrie’s fiance, Chad Hamil, also featured in the February 18 episode, says in the show that he also wants to return to Hawaii.

“I want to come home,” Hamil says. “That’s been my dream since I was 10 years old. I was always excited and excited to come home, and now being held captive over there, it’s like home for me.”

Laundrie’s family fears for his safety, according to the episode. They asked for him to return to jail.

CNN has reached out to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the US Marshals for comment.

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