NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The Norfolk-based U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force took hundreds of accused gang members, drug dealers, murderers, child predators, rapists, and robbers off the streets in 2017.

The task force said Wednesday that it made a total of 305 arrests and cleared 503 outstanding felony arrest warrants.

More than fugitives wanted by outside jurisdictions were tracked down and arrested in Hampton Roads.

“Behind every violent crime there are numerous victims. We are proud to do our part in ensuring fugitives on the run are brought to justice, which is often the first step in healing for those affected by violent crime,” said U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson.

U.S. Marshals tracked down fugitives, making arrests in 18 states. Some of the states Hampton Roads fugitives were captured in this year were Montana, Nevada, California, New Mexico, and Texas, along with several states up and down the East Coast.

Marshals arrested 43 fugitives on murder charges this year, compared to 30 arrests in 2016.

U.S. Marshals in Norfolk also used their investigative resources and capabilities to locate three abducted Portsmouth children in New York. U.S. Marshals have the authority to support missing child cases immediately per the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.

The task force is continuing to investigate the whereabouts of several fugitives. More information on fugitives wanted by the U.S. Marshals in Norfolk can be found here.