From The Mississippi Link Newswire
OXFORD – Two local men have been charged with stealing copper from irrigation systems on farms in the Delta and trying to sell it in another state.
Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jackson Division, said that: Curtis Tigues, 29, of Inverness and Ernest Calvin, 31, of Belzoni were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit interstate theft. Each man is charged in a one count indictment alleging conspiracy to possess, sell, and dispose of copper metal stolen from irrigation systems on farms in the Mississippi Delta and then sold in Arkansas.
Both appeared in U.S. District Court on the charges and were released on bond pending trial.
If convicted the men face maximum possible penalties of five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years’ supervised release.
The arrests are a result of a joint investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Leflore County Sheriff’s Office, Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sunflower County Sheriff’s Office.