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Jeremy Mayfield arrested on charges of drug possession

Jeremy Mayfield

Jeremy Mayfield, who was expelled from NASCAR in 2009 for a failed drug test, was arrested at his western North Carolina home and charged with possession of methamphetamine. Police said Wednesday that he might face more charges.

Mayfield was arrested Tuesday night and charged with possessing 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, according to records from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Mayfield, 42, posted $3,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in district court Wednesday.

Detectives from neighboring Lincoln County said items worth roughly $100,000 that belonged to businesses in that county were also found at Mayfield's home, and officials plan to charge him with possession of stolen goods.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said 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 were found at Mayfield's home.

The former Sprint Cup driver was suspended from NASCAR in May 2009 after failing a random drug test. Mayfield denied using an illegal drug, but NASCAR said he tested positive for methamphetamine. 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 Wednesday. "NASCAR's goal in its substance abuse program has always been to keep competitors safe and create treatment opportunities for those who need it."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Jeremy Mayfield in 1998. Credit: Associated Press.

 
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