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Mississippians watching out for gas gouging

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Only 2 people have been arrested in Mississippi for gas gouging, but complaints about sky high gas prices have been pouring in the Action 5 newsroom for days. Only 2 people have been arrested in Mississippi for gas gouging, but complaints about sky high gas prices have been pouring in the Action 5 newsroom for days.
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(WMC-TV) - Only 2 people have been arrested in Mississippi for gas gouging, but complaints about sky high gas prices have been pouring in the Action 5 newsroom for days.

Mississippi drivers have already seen gas prices climb in the past few weeks. Now they're concerned the effects of Isaac will make filling up even more expensive.

As the tropical depression that used to be Hurricane Isaac swamps the nation's oil and gas hub along the Gulf Coast, prices are pump are inching up even in areas outside the storm's reach.

Some drivers are being hit with the biggest one-day jump in gasoline prices in 18 months.

Two gas station owners in Jackson, Miss., were arrested for gas gouging recently. The news added insult to injury for many drivers.

"I think it's completely unfair for people to take advantage of others at any time, especially, you know during somewhat of a natural disaster that we can't prevent," said driver Angela Moore.

After hurricane Katrina 7 years ago, Mississippi adopted a gas gouging law.

State Rep. Pat Nelson says the law only goes into effect where the governor declares a state of emergency.

"He's issued one for I-20 and south," said Nelson, (R) District 40. "So it doesn't affect this area yet. But if we have storm damage, I'm sure the governor will do such a thing."

If consumers in other areas feel like they're being ripped off, they need to report it.

Violating the gas gouging law can result in years of jail time.

In fact, Nelson said there are some people who are still behind bars for taking advantage of travelers after Hurricane Katrina.

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