Teenage author Katherine Arandez documents the rise and fall of notorious drug kingpin Craig Petties in her book "BMF Smuggler: The World is Ours."
The book, which is co-written by Tracy Lavell Matthews, focuses on how Petties transitioned from being a small-time dealer to a major figure in the country's drug trade.
Craig Petties, a native of South Memphis, spearheaded an organization that was both significantly prosperous and violent. He recently received nine life sentences to serve concurrently in federal prison stemming from various drug and murder charges.
Here's an excerpt from the book's press release:
"Not your typical gangster story, BMF Smuggler: The World is Ours goes into the mind of a murderer and tells the story of how the charismatic teenage Craig Petties was shaped into the man who would become one of America's most notorious criminals. This is a cautionary tale of the dangers of entourages and misguided ambition. Without being preachy or overly philosophical, author Katherine Arandez shows how Petties' petty crime snowballed into massive drug shipments, murder, and glory that ultimately ended in isolation and self-destruction."
To read more about Arandez (15 years old) and her book "BMF Smuggler: The World is Ours," check out the Memphis Flyer next Wednesday. You can purchase the book here.