Crackdown continues against trespassers, drug-growers in Kauai's Kalalau Valley

Crackdown continues against trespassers, drug-growers in Kauai's Kalalau Valley

NA PALI, KAUAI (HAWAII NEWS NOW) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources continues to crack down on campers illegally occupying restricted areas of Kauai's Kalalau Valley.

As of Thursday morning, the DLNR along with DOCARE officers and state deputy sheriffs reported an additional 11 arrests of people occupying closed areas of the valley. The DLNR says the people lacked proper permits to be in the area.

During the arrest, officers also confiscated small marijuana plants from two campsites, and an illegal crossbow.

This latest round of arrests comes after 17 people were taken into custody in mid-May for lacking proper permits.

Over the last two years, the DLNR says there has been over 200 citations issued and arrests made in the valley.

DLNR officials say they will "continue to put high priority on restoring Hawaii's largest and most remote state park to its true wilderness character by removing people who enter Kalalau illegally and without valid permits."

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