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Suspended NASCAR driver Mayfield arrested

Nov. 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM   |   Comments

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NEWTON, N.C., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has been charged in North Carolina with possession of methamphetamine.

Investigators with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office said they also found $100,000 worth of stolen property when they searched Mayfield's mansion and outbuildings Tuesday night, The Charlotte Observer reported. The search, launched following a tip about stolen property, also allegedly turned up a small quantity of methamphetamine.

Mayfield was released on $3,000 bail. His lawyer, Daniel Marino of Washington, said the sheriff's department action followed "baseless allegations from an unreliable source."

"Mr. Mayfield has no knowledge of either stolen property or methamphetamine being present on his property and denies the accusation that he was in possession of methamphetamine or any other illegal drug and he denies any suggestion that he knowingly received or possessed stolen property," Marino said.

Mayfield was placed on indefinite suspension by NASCAR after he tested positive for methamphetamine in 2009. His lawsuit against the racing body was dismissed last year.

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