FUGITIVE IS NOW A U.S. MARSHALS 15 MOST WANTED
PETTIES , made a lot of money and maintained homes in Memphis,
Tennessee and Las Vegas, Nevada as head of a large drug organization, but
his luck may be running out now that U.S. Marshals have added him to their
15 Most Wanted fugitive list. Petties is wanted in the Western District of
Tennessee for multiple crimes including: conspiracy to distribute cocaine,
possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to
distribute marijuana, aiding and abetting, and money laundering. Petties,
and other members of his organization, are members of a street gang called
“Gangster Disciples,” and are reported to have committed numerous acts of
violence. His criminal history includes arrests for attempted murder, drug
possession and distribution, burglary, and the possession of firearms. His
case has been made a priority by the Memphis Organized Crime and Drug
Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The case was initiated in 2001 by the U.S.
Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Petties’ organization has
distributed over one thousand kilograms of cocaine in the Memphis,
Tennessee, Jackson, Mississippi and Atlanta, Georgia areas. During the
course of their investigation deputy marshals and agents have seized over
forty kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of crack cocaine, and more than 600
pounds of marijuana.
Petties lived a lavish
lifestyle and amassed a great deal of personal wealth and property from his
drug dealing. Authorities have already seized two houses, valued at more
than a million dollars, and twenty luxury vehicles that he owned. He is
alleged to have millions of dollars saved and contacts in Mexico who may
assist him in evading capture. It is believed that Petties’ girlfriend, a
black female, and their two children, a daughter, 12, and son, 5, are with
Robert J. Finan II,
Assistant Director of the U.S. Marshals Investigative Services Division
said, “We would love to get this guy off the streets. With his resources he
could be anywhere and he is a danger to the community.”
Craig Petties, 28, is a
black male, 5’9” tall, weighing 140 lbs. He has brown eyes and black hair.
He has used the nicknames “Lil Dude” and “Lil Craig.” Petties should be
considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information
about Craig Petties is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service
Investigative Operations at (202) 307- 8741 or Western District of Tennessee
at (901) 544-4288. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more federal fugitives
than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year U.S.
Marshals arrested more than 36,000 federal fugitives and more than 32,000
state and local fugitives working with authorities through Marshals Service
led task forces.
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