Enforcer for Memphis Drug Ring Sentenced to Life

Enforcer for Memphis Drug Ring Sentenced to Life

A gang member convicted of working as an enforcer for a violent Memphis-based drug ring with ties to Mexican cartels will spend the rest of his life in prison.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A gang member convicted of working as an enforcer for a violent Memphis-based drug ring with ties to Mexican cartels will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Clinton Lewis and his cousin, Martin Lewis, were convicted in March 2012 of being members of the drug organization led by Craig Petties. Clinton Lewis received concurrent life sentences for one count of racketeering conspiracy; two counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering activity; one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire; and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. He also received an additional 20 years for one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Several former gang members testified that the Lewises provided muscle for the drug ring, which imported cocaine from Mexico and sold it in Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia and North Carolina. About 40 members of the ring, including Petties, have been convicted or pleaded guilty to being members of the drug ring from 1995 to 2008.

Martin Lewis' sentencing is scheduled for June 14.

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