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Investigators: Fugitive connected to crimes across country

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Craig Petties is behind bars and investigators say he's connected to crimes across the country.

The U.S. Attorney's office spelled it all out in a 40 page indictment: Cocaine, marijuana, money laundering, murder. With ties to all four, his pictures have been circulating for years.

"Finding and apprehending Craig Petties has been a top law enforcement priotiry not only in our district, but also nationwide," said U S Attoney David Kustoff.

In August 2004, Craig Petties earned a spot on the United States Marshal's 15 Most Wanted Fugitives.

A spot forfeited after his arrest in Mexico on Friday.

Kustoff added, "There's been a considerable amount of activity in this matter involving Craig Petties over the last twelve months."

It's activity that moved into Snowden Grove subdivision in Southaven. Neighbor Scott Baxter added, "We've kinda kept the kids in until we found out what was going on."

The morning after Thanksgiving, U S Marshal's ended up in a shootout.

"They were fired upon by an individual inside," said Lt. Mark Little with Southaven Police.

Police arrested Kimberly Washington for shooting at federal agents. They raided the house she was in as part of the Petties investigation.

On the same day, authorities arrested three other Petties associates in Southaven, Dallas, Texas, and Mexico.

Five days later, the Department of Justice secured a 40 page indictment stretching across 49 counts against Craig Petties and nine others.

Kustoff aded, "In the indictments, they are defendants and they're related, they're related to the Petties organization."

Residents of Kansas Street in Memphis, where three of the murders allegedly happened, were relieved to hear the news.

"I'm happy they got him," Kansas Street resident Flora Bell said Monday.  "Now I can relax."

Bell said she often worried about Petties coming back to her neighborhood, especially while making trips to a local store.

Petties went on the lam in 2002 after being indicted on drug charges.  Soon after, the bodies begin stacking up.

Besides the murders on Kansas, Petties is a suspect in a Haywood County murder, where James Mabry and Angela Macklin were discovered shot in the head and bound by duct tape.  They were found sitting in a parked car in a rural field.

Petties is also a suspect in the 2005 murder of Mario Stewart in Callaway Hills, in southeast Shelby County.  Stewart was in his garage when he was gunned down while his two children slept upstairs.  Stewart was named as a co-conspirator in Petties' indictment.

Federal investigators claim Petties was a drug kingpin, who used stash houses to bring more than a ton of marijuana into Memphis. 

It's an organization accused in a drug ring that also includes multiple charges of murder for hire.

It's an organization headed by a once wanted man now in custody.

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