BMF Smuggler: The World is Ours

Craig Petties, Big Meech & Jefe de Jefes Arturo Beltran Leyva

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Craig Petties mysterious drug kingpin
Big Meech of the infamous BMF crime sydicate
Arturo "Jefe de Jefes" Beltran Leyva


"It's a real, gritty, and surprisingly touching look at the man behind the headlines."
Christian Kirk, book critic, host for Focus on the Arts/anchor SVP News

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 the 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.

In "BMF Smuggler: The World Is Ours," Katherine Arandez goes beyond the news headlines and mugshots to tell the true, harrowing story of how Petties, as an ambitious teenager, would use sheer grit and guile to climb the ladder from petty crime in a Memphis ghetto to sit at the head of an international drug empire, and his staggering fall from grace at the hands of a DEA agent, obsessed with bringing him to justice.

"BMF Smuggler: The World Is Ours," is an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride with the ambitious teenage Craig Petties and leading DEA agent Abe Collins in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse that takes them around the world.
Craig Petties, raised in the Memphis slums among some of the most vicious criminals imaginable, dreams of getting himself and his mother out of the hood. He rises from a small time Memphis hoodlum to become a powerful international drug lord. Abe Collins is a dedicated DEA agent, who has devoted years of his life to the cat and mouse game of taking down Craig. Both struggle to reconcile their lives with the lives they had wanted. Will either of them find peace, or, more importantly, redemption?

About the Author: Katherine Arandez is a storyteller. Her nomadic childhood, sharp observation, and love for rich characters has shaped her writing style into one that breathes life into the pages of her novels. Katherine Arandez is a twice published author. Her first book, Weaver is an exciting sci-fi/fantasy novel, the first in a series of thirty planned books. In "BMF Smuggler: The World is Ours", her latest work, written in collaboration with film-maker Tracy L. Matthews, Katherine delves into the reality of Memphis' drug trade and tells the story of Craig Petties and the Black Mafia Family (BMF) like it has never been told before.

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