Memphis, TN – Clinton Lewis, a/k/a “Goldie”, 36, of Memphis, TN was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Samuel H. Mays, Jr. to life in federal prison for his role in the Craig Petties Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III and Resident Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Memphis office Brian Chambers.
On March 23, 2012, Lewis was convicted of one count of racketeering conspiracy; two counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering activity for his role in the kidnapping of Marcus Turner and the murder of Mario McNeal; one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire for his role in the murder of Mario McNeal; one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine; and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Lewis was sentenced to life in prison on all charges, except money laundering, for which he was sentenced to 20 years. All sentences will run concurrently. There is no parole in the federal system.
As outlined in the indictment, Lewis was a member of a criminal racketeering enterprise, the Petties DTO, whose members 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 co-conspirators 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. Over thirty people have been charged and convicted as part of this investigation.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals 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 Attorney David Pritchard on behalf of the government.