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Martin Lewis sentenced to life in prison

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Clinton Lewis, left, and Martin Lewis, photo courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Clinton Lewis, left, and Martin Lewis, photo courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

(WMC-TV) - Martin Lewis was sentenced to life in federal prison Friday for his role in the Craig Petties Drug Trafficking Organization.

Lewis was convicted by a federal jury of racketeering conspiracy, violent crime in aid of racketeering activity, conspiracy to commit murder for hire, and money laundering in 2012.

As part of the conspiracy, cocaine was prepared, packaged and/or stored prior to distribution to buyers in "stash houses". Lewis and his co-conspirators used these "stash houses" to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities.

Martin Lewis was initially charged with being a member of an organization led by Craig Petties that began as a neighborhood gang in 1995 and grew into an empire that imported drugs from Mexico to sell in Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina.

The Petties drug organization is considered the most notorious in Memphis history.

Also in 2012, a prosecutor said Martin and his cousin Clinton Lewis each killed one person who was a threat to Petties' organization. That prosecutor said other members also killed potential threats to the drug ring.

There is no parole in the federal prison system.

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