Published: Feb 03, 2011 11:30 PM EST
Updated: Feb 03, 2011 5:48 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - For every criminal investigators take off the street, there's a handful of new warrants issued - making it hard for task force members to keep up - and continuing to put them in danger.

In Florida, there are over 100,000 outstanding warrants for felony offenses.

In Lee County the numbers show the problem southwest Florida faces. Sheriff's office statistics show 14,471 active warrants, 2,531 of which are for felony offenses.

"These people have a lot to risk. Sometimes they have the rest of their life behind bars at stake, their life it could be the death penalty, and because they have so much at stake they go to great lengths to avoid capture," said Sheriff Mike Scott.

Recent headlines have reminded many of the dangers of carrying out an arrest warrant (two Miami-Dade detectives were shot to death while attempting to carry out a murder warrant, two St. Petersburg officers were killed serving a warrant on a sex offender, and most recently an ex-convict and corrections officer were killed during a shootout).