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Former NASCAR star arrested on drug charges

Mayfield, Jeremy



Lincoln County law enforcement aided Catawba County authorities Tuesday night in arresting former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield for methamphetamine possession.

Mayfield may face additional charges in the future, Catawba County Sheriff’s Capt. Joel Fish said.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office authorities assisted in the execution of a search warrant Tuesday afternoon at Mayfield’s residence in Catawba, N.C., after it was believed that he was harboring stolen property at his home.

According to Lincoln County authorities, 1.5-grams of meth were seized in the incident. Although they said it’s not considered a trafficking amount, it could be considered a “user” amount.

Stolen items totaling nearly $100,000 were also recovered from an on-site building and trailers, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

Among the items were various truck and heavy equipment parts, electric motor controllers and welding accessories that were taken from Lee Boy, Inc., on N.C. 16, and Larry Grant, Inc., on South Grove Street in Lincolnton sometime between October and November 2010, authorities said.

Mayfield was ordered to pay a $3,000 unsecured bond, Fish said.

Authorities are conducting further investigation into the incident. Lincoln County investigators include the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and Detectives Robin Powell, Will Pitts and Mark Stamey.

Officers from Hickory and Mooresville Police Departments also assisted in Tuesday’s arrest.

According to various local media outlets, Mayfield has denied the charges.

In 2009, he was dethroned from the sports world after failing a May drug test.

Mayfield is known for his two racing victories at the Pocono 500 and Auto Club 500 events in 2000, according to msn.foxsports.com.

During that year, he witnessed his career best number of wins. Since his racing debut in the early 1990s, perhaps one of Mayfield’s most successful NASCAR years occurred in 1998 with his completion of 12 top-five finishes, Fox sports records show.


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