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January 15, 2008

Western District of Tennessee
U.S. Marshal David G. Jolley (901) 544-4288/(731) 616-1897
U.S. Attorney’s Office – Leigh Anne Jordan (901) 544-4231
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

Craig Petties, International Drug Dealer, One of U.S. Marshals "15 Most Wanted,"
Arrested South of the Border
Memphis, TN - Touted as one of the best places to do business in Central America, Queretaro, Mexico, proved to be just the opposite for longtime drug kingpin Craig “Little Dude” Petties. Petties’ “business” in the international drug trade ended there with his arrest by Mexican authorities this past weekend. The arrest was announced today by David Kustoff, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Andrew Dimond, Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Memphis Resident Office, and David G. Jolley, United States Marshal for the Western District of Tennessee.

Petties, one of the U.S. Marshals “15 Most Wanted”, was apprehended in a coordinated effort between U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement officials from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, including DEA and ICE, Mexican law enforcement and military personnel. Mexican law enforcement, supported by the military, raided a residence finding Petties, fugitive Carlos Alberto Guajardo, three bodyguards and a female believed to be Petties’ wife inside. In the house, authorities discovered Petties had false identification documents as well as weapons. Neither Petties, nor the other occupants in the residence, resisted arrest when confronted by the Mexican authorities. Mexican authorities are holding Petties as they continue their investigation.

Petties was 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.

In the summer of 2002, Petties was living in Las Vegas, when it is believed he learned of a federal indictment charging him with distributing drugs. Petties, and associate Chris “Little Wolf” Hamlet, fled to Mexico shortly thereafter. In Mexico, Petties reportedly continued his criminal activities.

Petties allegedly conspired with Mexican drug traffickers to distribute cocaine into a number of states in the U.S. Petties is also alleged to have laundered large amounts of money.

While Petties accumulated a considerable sum of money from his criminal activities, he did not get to keep everything his drug money afforded him. Parts of Petties’ fortune, including a pair of luxury homes in Memphis and Las Vegas, plus nearly two dozen automobiles, were seized by the federal government while he was on the run.

Craig Petties was placed on the U.S. Marshals “15 Most Wanted” in 2004 and was also a Drug Enforcement Administration’s Most Wanted fugitive. He’s been featured on America’s Most Wanted.

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