More than 8,000 violent fugitives arrested in nationwide sweep

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More Than 8,000 Violent Fugitives Arrested in Nationwide Sweep

More than 8,000 of the country's most dangerous criminals are now behind bars thanks to a six-week sweep.

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U.S. Marshals targeted 12 of the most violent cities, including Baltimore, Chicago and Washington, D.C., during Operation Violence Reduction 12 -- dubbed Operation VR12 for short.

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Federal officials announced Wednesday they busted "more than 500 accused murderers, 600 gang members and nearly 1,000 sex offenders."

They didn't just nab people, though. Between Feb. 1 and March 11 they also seized more than 400 firearms, over $390,000 and more than 70 kilograms of illegal drugs.

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Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said, "Fugitives initiated gun battles, forced barricaded standoffs, assaulted officers and did everything they could to evade arrest -- but our Deputy Marshals, together with their law enforcement partners, stood firm and succeeded in capturing the bad guys."

RELATED: FBI lists the most violent cities across America

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43. Honolulu, Hawaii had 11.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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42. Boise, Idaho had 13.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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41. Fargo, North Dakota had 14.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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40. Eugene, Oregon had 15.3 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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39. Lincoln, Nebraska had 17.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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38. Sioux Falls, South Dakota had 20.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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37. Billings, Montana had 21.1 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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36. Norfolk, Virginia had 24.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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35. Providence, Rhode Island had 26.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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34. Manchester, New Hampshire had 28.9 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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33. Louisville, Kentucky had 30.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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32. South Bend, Indiana had 32.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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31. Tucson, Arizona had 32.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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30. North Charleston, South Carolina had 34.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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29. Tacoma, Washington had 36.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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28. Salt Lake City, Utah had 38.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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27. Des Moines, Iowa had 38.7 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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26. Pueblo, Colorado had 41.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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25. Tulsa, Oklahoma had 41.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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24. New Orleans, Louisiana had 42.7 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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23. Durham, North Carolina had 42.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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22. Jackson, Mississippi had 43.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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21. North Las Vegas, Nevada had 43.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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20. Wichita, Kansas had 45.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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19. Albuquerque, New Mexico had 48.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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18. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had 49.1 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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17. Buffalo, New York had 50.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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16. Newark, New Jersey had 50.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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15. Odessa, Texas had 51.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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14. Tallahassee, Florida had 52.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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13. Anchorage, Alaska had 53.6 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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12. Springfield, Massachusetts had 54.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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11. Atlanta, Georgia had 55.7 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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10. Hartford, Connecticut had 55.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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9. Cleveland, Ohio had 61.5 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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8. Milwaukee, Wisconsin had 65.3 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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7. Stockton, California had 67.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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6. Baltimore, Maryland had 67.7 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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5. Rockford, Illinois had 76.3 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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4. Birmingham, Alabama had 82.8 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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3. Detroit, Michigan had 83.4 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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2. Memphis, Tennessee had 84.2 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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1. St. Louis, Missouri had 88.1 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

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These broad sweeps are proving pretty successful for the U.S. Justice Department. A similar coordinated effort put more than 7,000 fugitives behind bars last year.

And last October, the FBI caught 150 alleged pimps and rescued nearly that many children during a weeklong sex trafficking sting.

RELATED: FBI's Most Wanted

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Alexis Flores, wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for kidnapping, and murder

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Eduardo Ravelo, wanted for involvement in racketeering activities; engaging in the affairs of an enterprise; conspiracy to launder monetary instruments; and conspiracy to possess heroin, cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute

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Fidel Urbina, wanted for first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for aggravated sexual assault, and failure to appear

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Glen Stewart Godwin, wanted for unlawful flight to avoid confinement for murder and escape

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Jason Derek Brown, wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for first degree murder, and armed robbery

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Robert William Fisher, wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for 3 counts of first degree murder and arson of an occupied structure

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Victor Manuel Gerena, wanted for bank robbery, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for armed robbery and theft from interstate shipment

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William Bradford Bishop, Jr., wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for murder with a blunt instrument

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Yaser Abdel Said, wanted for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for multiple capital murders

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Brenda Delgado is seen in an undated image released by the FBI April 6, 2016. Delgado was added to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list in connection with a 2015 murder-for-hire plot in Dallas, Texas during which a prominent dentist was shot and killed. 
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