An alleged Memphis drug lord and half-brother to Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul is facing 56 charges in federal court after being arrested early this month in Mexico, while appearing in the top 15 of America’s Most Wanted fugitives.
A nearly 70-page indictment was handed down to 31-year-old Craig Petties this week, detailing his alleged drug operation which is estimated to have run from 1995 up until this year. The superseding indictment follows a 40-page one laid against him originally in 2002 before he went on the run.
Petties — in addition to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine from the original indictment — now faces several other charges including conspiracy to commit murder for hire, money laundering and racketeering.
Authorities have learned, since 2002, that Petties’ organization allegedly attempted to kill people who interfered with their drug trafficking business.
As far as money laundering charges, the indictment says that Petties used drug money to pay for several expensive cars, a home in Las Vegas as well as one in Memphis.
During raids and arrest, authorities have confiscated several firearms, lots of money and vehicles.
“So far we’ve had seizures of almost $3 million, little over 2.9 million and something like 40 vehicles and over $600,000 in cash,” said U.S. Attorney David Kustoff.
He wanted arrested on January 11 in Mexico, along with a female companion — believed to have been his girlfriend — and three other individuals. Petties was apparently running multi-million dollar drug ring while evading arrest in Mexico.
Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin told local FoxNews affiliate that they’ve begun combing through homicide cases to find connections to Petties or members of his gang. Six others who listed as associates all face the same or similar charges.
Petties and his co-defendants are all in federal custody. If convicted of all charges, he and his associates could face life in prison or the death penalty.
Prosecutors haven’t yet to determine what punishments they will seek.