Operation FALCON captures 286 fugitives

It's one of the largest criminal roundups in the country.  The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force and more than 100 local, federal and state officers teamed up to take violent offenders and sexual predators off the streets.

Over eight days and across 23 counties, Operation FALCON captured 286 fugitives.

Operation FALCON stands for federal and local cops organized nationally.  It's a program spearheaded by the U.S. Marshals as a way to get all hands on deck within local communities and get the bad guys behind bars.

Officials say one big goal of Operation FALCON is clearing out old arrest warrants.  They say they cleared more than 300 and tooks 286 fugitives off the streets.

The program has captured more than 90,000 fugitives since it began five years ago.