Petties Returns To Memphis

By Bill Dries

Memphis drug kingpin Craig Petties has returned to the city after a brief stay in a federal prison transfer center in Oklahoma City earlier this week.

The Bureau of Prisons inmate locator shows Petties, leader of the largest drug organization ever prosecuted in Memphis Federal Court, is now in custody at the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution.

And his sentencing before U.S. District Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays may be soon although there is no sentencing date on Mays’ calendar for Petties who pleaded guilty to federal racketeering, drug conspiracy and murder for hire charges in 2009 in a secret hearing. The guilty plea was not revealed until court records on the plea were unsealed more than a year later.

As Petties returned to the city this week, prosecutors in the federal case filed their position with the court on a presentence report on Petties.

The report prepared by probation and sentencing officers in not a public court record.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney David Pritchard wrote in his July 18 filing that his office has no objections to the findings in the report.

Petties was moved to Oklahoma City and then Memphis from a federal prison in lower Manhattan after Pritchard filed a sealed motion earlier this month involving Petties.

Petties has been in federal custody since January 2008 when he was captured in Mexico. Petties fled Memphis following his indictment on federal drug charges in 2002 and ran the multi-state drug organization with direct ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel of Mexico from Mexico for six years.