During his teenage years, Craig Petties had been arrested multiple times. At age 15, Petties was charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun, and at age 16, he was charged with selling crack. Petties was also accused of being a member of a violent gang called the Gangster Disciples.
Craig Petties began to make money when he began selling drugs as a teenager. He became the leader of a violent drug gang, and moved hundreds of kilos of marijuana and cocaine into the United States. These drugs were then distributed in Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas. The money he made was invested in wholesale drugs. Petties was also the owner of a trucking company, C’s Trucking. He is now imprisoned in a high security federal prison in Atwater, California.
The Petties case was investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshals Service. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency cooperated with the Mexican Government. In the Petties case, prosecutors say Craig Petties was part of an organization that was involved in racketeering, money laundering, and cocaine trafficking. In 2002, the U.S. Marshals Service issued a nationwide indictment against Petties. During the trial, several members of the Petties organization testified that they funneled millions of dollars in cocaine to members of the Black Mafia Family.
According to court records, Petties has been charged with at least 50 federal crimes. He is accused of trafficking tens of millions of dollars in drugs from Mexico to the U.S. He is also accused of using cellphones to coordinate drug shipments into cities across the U.S. He has been convicted of several crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder for hire and robbery, and has a lengthy criminal record. He is accused of being the leader of a violent drug organization in Memphis, Tennessee.
A narcotics officer testified at the Petties trial that he saw T-shirts with Craig Petties’ picture on them. He also testified that he was a member of a Memphis-based drug organization that dealt drugs from an auto repair business on Elvis Presley Boulevard. He said that he saw Petties and his associates attempt to kill others to help them facilitate the drug trafficking.
The Petties case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Pritchard. It also involves nine other people. Last year, authorities arrested and charged nine other defendants. Petties will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. He will also be eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
Petties was the leader of a drug organization in Memphis, Tennessee, who teamed with the Mexican drug cartel Beltran Leyva. He allegedly received drugs from Edgar Valdez Villarreal, who is now incarcerated as a leader of the Beltran Leyva drug gang. Valdez pleaded guilty to three criminal conspiracy counts in 2016. In 2016, prosecutors asked a judge to allow Valdez to leave prison, but he was convicted of another crime and will serve the rest of his sentence in prison.