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Colorado Springs man arrested in connection to multi-county poaching case

Posted at 1:19 PM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 15:19:28-05
Operation Game Thief

COLORADO SPRINGS – A Colorado Springs man was arrested last Friday by CPW officers and park rangers as they executed a search warrant on a home in southeast Colorado Springs.

According to CPW, the warrant was part of an ongoing investigation into a multi-county poaching case.

27-year-old Iniki Vike Kapu attempted to escape out the back door of the home as the CPW team arrived to serve the warrant. He was taken into custody in the back yard.

CPW said Kapu is being held on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor charges related to poaching deer, elk, and turkey, as well as unlawful possession of wildlife.

During the search of the home, a second man was arrested by Colorado Springs Police on unrelated charges of suspicion of drug possession. A car with illegal license plates was also seized from the home.

CPW said their team, which included rangers from Cheyenne Mountain and Mueller state parks, was looking for evidence related to poaching in Teller, Fremont, and Chaffee Counties.

“Our officers found evidence on the scene of wildlife parts we believe were illegally taken by the suspect,” said Frank McGee, CPW’s area wildlife manager for the Pikes Peak region.

CPW’s investigation will continue as they follow leads in four counties.