Jurors in the Petties drug organization trial in Memphis federal court have been hearing a lot about how the Memphis-based drug organization was connected directly to Mexican drug lords.
At times, the government’s case against Martin Lewis and Clinton Lewis has involved testimony in which their names rarely come up. They are charged with drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder for hire. The testimony about how the organization was built and run by Petties goes toward the conspiracy allegations.
Look for our latest update on the trial in Thursday’s edition of The Daily News which goes online Wednesday afternoon at 4pm.
The organization was tied to the Sinaloa drug cartel, an organization that split into several factions. Petties, who pleaded guilty in 2009, worked for the faction headed by Arturo Beltran-Leyva.
A recent Newsweek-Daily Beast story has more on the overall head of Sinaloa who split with the Beltrans in a violent feud. The story of the drug lord known as El Chapo, who is still on the run, provides more context for an organization that has very few boundaries.