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July 15,2004 USMS Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
USMS Investigative Services (202) 307-9195


 Six Year Run for U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive from Paradise Ends In Idaho

Kraan captured

U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive, Reinier Kraan, gravitated to areas with warm climates and beautiful scenery.

He fled an expensive Hawaiian home and life in paradise in 1998, eventually making his way to Las Vegas, after a sting operation resulted in a federal warrant charging him with methamphetamine distribution and weapons offenses. A search of his Hawaiian home had uncovered more than 30 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition and other explosives. His run from justice ended late yesterday when he was arrested in Dubois, Idaho, presumably heading for the Canadian border.

Deputy U.S. Marshals from the Pacific Southwest Regional Task Force and the District of Hawaii tracked Kraan to Las Vegas where he had been living for approximately two years. When Task Force members moved in to make the arrest earlier this week Kraan was gone, but a search warrant issued for his residence led to the discovery of 965 marijuana plants with a potential street value of more than $1 million.

The Marshals Task Force learned that Kraan, and a woman believed to be his girlfriend, had been traveling in separate cars. After the woman’s arrest in Utah, law enforcement officials in Idaho and Montana were alerted that Kraan might be headed to Canada. Acting on the information supplied by the Marshals Task Force, Idaho State Police, assisted by Clark County officers, were able to arrest Renier Kraan, in Dubois, Idaho, after he was spotted at a local service station. U.S. Marshals in the districts of Idaho and Nevada were instrumental in the investigation.

This is another example of a successful cooperative law enforcement effort,” said Robert J. Finan II, head of the U.S. Marshals Investigative Services Division.

Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year U.S. Marshals cleared 38,249 federal fugitive warrants.

For more information on the U.S. Marshals and other major fugitive cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov.

More information on Kraan can be found in a previous news release at the Marshals Service website, www.usmarshals.gov.