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EXCLUSIVE: Convicted felon turned confidential informant on the run

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

He's one of Hawaii's most wanted: Luke Warner is facing 10 years in federal prison and years in state prison for drug and weapons charges.

But first, U.S. marshals have to find him.

Warner was acting as a police informant when he fled; he was allowed to travel to the mainland earlier this year and was supposed to return in May. He didn't.

Warner grabbed headlines in 2012, when police called a news conference to show the guns and drugs they recovered after raiding Warner's Waikiki pawn shop.

Once he was caught, Warner made deals with law enforcement to avoid lengthy sentences, sources say.

He helped set up the buying and selling of illegal property and narcotics.

One court document details how: The agent writes, "On Feb.y 5, 2013, as a result of an ongoing (homeland security investigation), a cooperating defendant -- Warner -- provided information about a source of supply for crystal methamphetamine."

Sources say Warner did this for years and was given a reduced sentence -- 10 years in federal prison. He was also convicted at the state level.

But instead of showing up to serve his time, he fled.

Documents show the federal prosecutor allowed Warner to travel to the mainland from March 25 to April 15, first to California for a pawn shop trade show and to visit family, and then to Massachusetts to escort his 82-year old mother back home, even though he was a convicted felon.

Warner was supposed to surrender to the federal detention center in May, but he didn't.

It's unlikely he ever returned to Hawaii. And now federal marshals are having to track him down.

Warner is well-financed from his pawn shop business.

"It appears it was very lucrative and the reason it was lucrative -- a lot of it was stolen goods, a lot of illegal activity going on," said U.S. deputy Marshal Brad Bolen, "He was able to bulk up on a little bit of his money."

And after years of working with federal and local police, Warner is also well-versed in their tactics.

"When somebody works with us they get a glance into the type of work and how we do things, so I guess you could say he has an advantage," Bolen said.

While Warner has ties to Hawaii, he could also be in Florida or Massachusetts.

Anyone with information on Warner should call the U.S. Federal Marshals Office  in Honolulu at 541-3000.

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