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Fugitive dragnet sweeps up 258 people across Minnesota

Local and federal authorities arrested 258 fugitives in Minnesota during a five-day sweep known as Operation FALCON that stretched from Bemidji and Duluth in the north to Rochester and Olmsted County in the south.

Operation FALCON stands for Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally. It's a nationwide effort to apprehend fugitives, led by the U.S. Marshals Service. This year, 175 law enforcement officers from around Minnesota participated in the sweep, from June 22-26, including Duluth police.

The effort focused on capturing sexual predators and fugitives wanted for violent crimes. U.S. Marshal Michael McGinn said nine people arrested in Minnesota are known gang members.

Two teams worked in northern Minnesota, with about 40 arrests made, said spokesman Justin Cline, a Deputy U.S. Marshal.

A woman in Rutledge was arrested on a 10-year-old warrant for sex offenses, he said.

St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington said 55 people were arrested in his city, and he's hopeful that will lead to a peaceful summer.