Six Year Run for U.S.
Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive from Paradise Ends In Idaho
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
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
For more information on the U.S. Marshals and other major fugitive cases, go
More information on Kraan can be found in a
previous news release at the Marshals Service website,