Bay County law enforcement completes round-up ahead of spring break

By Russell Jones | rjones@wmbb.com

Published 02/09 2016 07:36PM

Updated 02/09 2016 08:02PM

Every year, law enforcement is stretched to their limits patrolling spring break. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office wants to be ready by getting as many criminals off the streets as possible before the crowds get here.
 
During the first week of February, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force teamed up with the Bay County Sheriff's Office, Panama City Police Department and the Florida Department of Corrections to track down a large number of people with outstanding warrants, specifically gang members.
 
With in a four-day period, several law enforcement agencies were able to apprehend 141 wanted felons, with the majority coming from Bay County, including 29 gang members and 8 sex offenders. There were also 11 firearms and more than 500 grams of illegal narcotics confiscated.
 
Bay County sheriff, Frank McKeithen, said in a news conference Tuesday the goal is to try and reduce the spike in violence associated with last year's spring break.
 
“We decided to go ahead and do this operation to get some of our local gang members and local felons off the streets,” said McKeithen. “We will be a little bit ahead of the game, and we won’t have to worry so much about them.”

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