Jeremy Mayfield, who has been barred from the NASCAR circuit since a 2009 failed drug test, was arrested at his western North Carolina home yesterday afternoon and charged with possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with possession and intent to sell marijuana.
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Detectives from neighboring Lincoln County said roughly $100,000 worth of items that belonged to businesses in that county were also found at Mayfield's home. They intend to charge him with possession of stolen goods.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says Mayfield had heavy equipment parts, welders and welding accessories, truck parts, an engraving machine and other items that they say were reported stolen from two businesses in late 2010 and early 2011.
The former Sprint Cup driver was suspended in May of 2009 after failing a random drug test. Mayfield denied he was using an illegal drug, but NASCAR said he tested positive for methamphetamines.
In unsuccessful legal challenges to his suspension, Mayfield said his positive test stemmed from a mix of an over-the-counter allergy medication and the prescription drug Adderall.
''Having just heard and read the news about the Jeremy Mayfield incident, we will have to see how the facts play out,'' NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. ''NASCAR's goal in its substance abuse program has always been to keep competitors safe and create treatment opportunities for those who need it.''