Craig Petties indicted on RICO chargesPosted on January 30, 2008
On January 30, 2008, a 56 count indictment was returned against
Craig Petties, Demetrious Fields (aka Meat), Clarence Broady (akaKiller), Chris Hamlet (aka Wolf), Fermando Johnson (aka Smiley),Marcus Brandon (aka Whiteboy), and Clinton Lewis (aka Goldie). Craig Petties and his co-defendants were indicted for violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1962(d) (racketeering conspiracy), 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a) (1) (violent crime in aid of racketeering activity), 21 U.S.C. § 846 (conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana), 21 U.S.C. § 841(a) (1) (possession of cocaine and marijuana with the intent to
distribute), 18 U.S.C. § 1958(a) (conspiracy to commit murder for
hire), and 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 and 1957 (money laundering).
The RICO indictment alleges that Craig Petties and his fellow
defendants were members and associates of a criminal drug
trafficking organization (the “Petties DTO”), which operated in
Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina.
Members of the Petties DTO engaged in murders, attempted
murders, drug trafficking, and other crimes within the Western
District of Tennessee, and elsewhere. The Petties DTO began in or
about 1995, and continued until Petties’ arrest in January of 2008.
Numerous members of the Petties DTO have already been
The indictment alleges that in 2002 Craig Petties and co-defendant
Christopher Hamlett fled the Western District of Tennessee and
went to Mexico. While in Mexico, Petties continued to exercise
control over the enterprise by directing the delivery of narcotics into
the Western District of Tennessee, and elsewhere, and by directing
the return of the narcotic proceeds to Texas and Mexico.
Craig Petties and his co-defendants, together with numerous
unindicted co-conspirators, conspired to conduct the affairs of the
Petties DTO through a pattern of racketeering activity, consisting of
multiple acts involving offenses chargeable under state law,
including the following:
(1) murder, in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-
13-202 and Mississippi Code Annotated Section 97-3-19(1)(a); and
(2) kidnapping, in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-
as well as multiple acts indictable under the following provisions of
federal law, including:
(3) use of a facility in interstate commerce in the commission of a
murder for hire, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections
(4) conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine
base (crack cocaine) and marijuana, as well as possession with
intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, cocaine base (crack
cocaine) and marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code,
Sections 841(a) and 846.
The indictment also alleges that members of the Petties DTO were
responsible for the murders of Antonio Allen, Latrell Small, Kalonji
Griffin, Mario Stewart, Marcus Turner and Mario McNeal.
Craig Petties and his co-defendants are charged with money
laundering conspiracy, as well as 39 individual money laundering
All of the defendants indicted in Case No. 02-20449 have now been
arrested. This investigation has also led to seizures totaling
approximately $2,962,046, including $633,577 in cash and 40
During an operation on November 23, 2007, agents seized
$209,150 in cash and 17 vehicles, and arrested Fermando Johnson,
of Southaven, Mississippi, (charged with Petties and others in Case
No. 02-20449. In connection with that arrest, Kimberly Washington
was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after she fired
shots at officers executing the arrest and search warrants. Also on
November 23, co-defendant Christopher Hamlet was arrested by
Mexican Governmental authorities near Mexico City. The arresting
officers seized an AK-47-style assault rifle and $729,894 in cash.
Hamlet is incarcerated in Mexico pending disposition of a request for
his return to the United States.