Five of the Houston area's Top 10 Most Wanted gangsters have already been busted under the new program that uses the Web and digital roadside billboards to seek out tipsters who know the fugitives' whereabouts.
The publicity blitz, funneled through stophoustongangs.org, appears to be offering precious few places to hide for the fugitives.
They have turned up on Houston area streets, in jail on other charges and in Mexico, where one fugitive was arrested in May in the northern violence-thrashed metropolis of Monterrey.
The results seem impressive, considering the most wanted fugitive list was launched in April.
Those who have been taken into custody are accused of everything from running large loads of drugs from Mexico to Houston to smacking someone in the face and stealing their glasses and money.
Time will tell how good the cases against them are, and if convicted, how much they'll be punished.
Tips can be submitted online anonymously, but it is a good bet that spurned girlfriends, wives, gangster rivals and others were only too happen at the chance to click and bust these guys.
The Web site features a Top 10, but calls on the public for help in taking in all gangsters. The site has garnered at least 1,136 "public leads," since it started and those have resulted in 280 arrests, according to a counter at the bottom of the page.
"This Web site gives people the ability, from the safety and comfort of their own homes, to do something about people they fear and are violent and could hurt someone," FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said. "The success is a lot greater and quicker than we anticipated."
Dunlap said the Web site is proving especially effective at taking down gang members because some members of the public have been fearful of making reports more traditional ways, such as personally contacting police.
"Anyone could provide us that information. We have had sons, mothers and fathers turn people in to us," she said of all cases, not just the most-wanted fugitives.
She added that since the Web site started, the number of visits has steadily increased and the quality of the information included in tips has improved.
The public can also go online to see the status of their tip (denoted only by a code number) and what has happened, such as an arrest made or if it tip has been referred to an investigator.
Some of the charges may seem minor league, but these are likely just what cases could be made to get them off the streets - and more hefty matters remain under investigation. Here they are:
Johnny Lewis, of the 52 Hoova Crips, is wanted for aggravated robbery that occurred during a home invasion in January 2012. Lewis and another man were forced their way into a home and stole money and a cell phone before they fled.
Desmond Deshay Ford is accused of a January 2012 robbery in the 7000 block of Belfort in which he allegedly demanded the victim's money and eyeglasses. Authorities contend he knocked the victim in the head with something hard enough to require hospital treatment.
Samuel Rodriguez Hernandez, of the Southwest Cholos, is wanted for robbery at a bus stop in the 6000 block of Glenmont in Houston, in May 2010. Authorities said the victim was waiting for a bus when Hernandez asked him to use his cell phone. Hernandez supposedly grabbed the phone, then hit the victim in the face and ran away.
Nathaniel L "Nate" Wiggins, of the 59 Bounty Hunter Bloods, is accused of robbing someone at gunpoint in January 2012.
Raul Sergio Madrigal, aligned with the Houstone Tango Blast, remains wanted for conspiracy to distribute to posses with intention to distribute marijuana and cocaine. Madrigal, is charged federally for his alleged role directing the distribution of large amounts of drugs in the Houston area from 2007 to 2009. Here is much more on Madrigal and what makes him stand out.
He was arrested in May in Monterrrey, Mexico, but appears to still be in the custody of Mexican authorities.
Nathaniel L "Nate" Wiggins, of the 59 Bounty Hunter Bloods, is accused of robbing someone at gunpoint in January 2012