FBI Arrests Two in Methamphetamine Case
|FBI Jackson August 24, 2010|
On August 24, 2010, special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force arrested NICHOLAS JAMES PRASSENOS, age 44, and CHRISTI DAWN TOMPKINS, age 36, both of Hurley, Mississippi, pursuant to federal arrest warrants. According to Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI in Mississippi, PRASSENOS and TOMPKINS have been charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy to manufacture more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. These arrests are the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force in Pascagoula, Mississippi, into the manufacture of methamphetamine in south Mississippi. This investigation continues and more arrests are anticipated.
PRASSENOS and TOMPKINS appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Robert Walker, Southern District of Mississippi, in Gulfport, Mississippi. Both were ordered to be detained without bond until trial, which is scheduled for October 18, 2010.
If convicted of the charges against them at trial, PRASSENOS and TOMPKINS could receive sentences of up to life in prison and fines of up to $4,000,000.
The FBI Safe Streets Task Force is a member of the Gulf Coast HIDTA initiative and receives significant funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington D.C. It is made up of special agents from the FBI and law enforcement officers from the Pascagoula, Moss Point, Gautier, and Ocean Springs Police Departments, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
SAC McMullen stressed that arrests and indictments are accusations only and there is a presumption of innocence prior to any judicial proceeding.