U.S. Marshals Hawaii Fugitive Task Force Officers comprised of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Hawaii State Sheriff’s Department, Maui Police Department, Hawaii County Police Department, Kauai Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted a fugitive sweep on the island of Kauai.
Task Force Officers located and arrested 22 fugitives and cleared 34 state warrants during the three day mission which began on Tuesday. The three-day operation, which wrapped up Thursday afternoon, targeted fugitives wanted for drug possession, robbery, sex assault, and other violent crimes. Drug paraphernalia and a .22 caliber rifle were seized by the officers.
Thursday morning, Task Force Officers arrested Portugal native Marco Paulo Rodrigues, 37, in Kapaia Valley located on Grove Farm for multiple outstanding warrants. Rodrigues, a green card holder, was sought by Kauai County officials for probation violation and criminal contempt of court. He was also charged with owner/possession of prohibited firearm.
During the arrest, task force officers recovered ammunition, drug paraphernalia and a .22 caliber rifle outside Rodrigues’ tent. Rodrigues, who eluded authorities on several occasion, was living at the campsite for approximately one month. The firearm was recovered pending further investigation by ATF. Rodrigues was booked into Kauai Community Correctional Center pending further court proceedings. He is being held on $11,500 bail.
In addition to the fugitive sweep, task force officers conducted a sex offender compliance sweep. Of the 120 names on the offender list, 103 sex offenders are compliant and 27 were non-compliant. Seventeen of the non-compliant sex-offenders were brought into compliance. Of the remaining 10 non-compliant offenders, investigative reports are being made for submission to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for review and possible information charging.