PETTIES DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION MEMBER CLARENCE
BROADY PLEADS GUILTY TO MURDER CHARGES, RACKETEERING
CONSPIRACY AND DRUG CONSPIRACY CHARGES
Memphis, Tenn. - Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee,
and Brian Chambers, Resident Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Memphis
office, announced today the guilty plea of Clarence Broady, a/k/a “Killer,” to Racketeering Conspiracy,
four counts of Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering Activity, two counts of Conspiracy to Commit
Murder for Hire and Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute More than Five Kilograms of cocaine.
As the Sixth Superseding Indictment outlines, Broady was a member of a Criminal Racketeering
Enterprise, the Petties Drug Trafficking Organization (Petties DTO), whose members functioned as a unit
for a common purpose of achieving the objectives of the enterprise, which included the distribution of
narcotics, laundering money, committing murders and other crimes. These crimes were committed for a
number of reasons, including, enriching the members and their associates; maintaining the market place
for the distribution of narcotics; enforcing discipline among members of the enterprise; preserving and
protecting the enterprise and its members from detection from law enforcement; preventing and retaliating against acts of violence against the enterprise; and preserving and protecting the drug trafficking activities and profits of the enterprise through the use of violence, intimidation, threats, assaults and murder.
As the indictment outlines, Broady was a member of the Petties DTO. Members of the enterprise
conspired with cocaine traffickers in Mexico, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and
elsewhere. As part of the conspiracy, cocaine was prepared, packaged and/or stored, prior to distribution
to buyers in “stash houses.” The defendant and the co-conspirators used these “stash houses” to avoid
detection by law enforcement authorities. It was further part of the conspiracy that the defendants and their co-conspirators sorted, counted, packaged, and stored large amounts of cash derived from the sale of controlled substances in various co-conspirators premises in the Western District of Tennessee. The coconspirators delivered large amounts of currency derived from the sale of cocaine, from the Western
District of Tennessee, and elsewhere to Texas and Mexico. In order to facilitate continued drug trafficking
and in order to prevent others from cooperating with law enforcement authorities, it was further part of
the conspiracy that the defendant and the co-conspirators did kill other people.
On Tuesday November 22, 2011, Clarence Broady pled guilty to RICO Conspiracy, in violation Title 18,
United States Code, Section 1962(d), four counts of Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering (VICAR),
relative to the Kidnaping of Marcus Turner, and the Murders of Mario Stewart, Latrell Small and Kalonji
Griffen, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Sections 1959(a)(1) and (2); two counts of Conspiracy
to Commit Murder for Hire relative to the Murders of Mario Stewart and Latrell Small, in violation of
Title 18, United States Code, Section 1958(a), and Conspiracy to Distribute More than Five Kilograms
of Cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.
The RICO conspiracy conviction carries a penalty of up to Life imprisonment. The VICAR convictions
carry penalties of Life in prison. The Conspiracy to Commit Murder for Hire convictions carry penalties
of Life in prison. The conspiracy to distribute cocaine conviction carries a penalty of ten years to Life
imprisonment. Broady is set for sentencing on March 14, 2012. Over thirty people have been charged and
convicted as part of this investigation. Two defendants, Martin Lewis and Clinton Lewis, are set for trial
beginning January 17, 2012.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, The United States Marshal Service,
the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and the Olive Branch Police
Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Greg Gilluly and David
Pritchard on behalf of the government.