CATAWBA, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield just can’t stay out of trouble.
Mayfield was arrested on drug charges after police found 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, 40 guns, and almost $100,000 in stolen items in his Catawba, N.C., home on Tuesday. Police told CBS Charlotte that investigators discovered that methamphetamine in Mayfield’s home was divided between six bags. The stolen goods in question had been perched from a couple of local construction and trucking companies on Dec. 28, 2010, and Jan. 11, 2011, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
“To me they were just thieves,” Tom Weese of Lee Family Real Estate, LTD, one of the outlets targeted by Mayfield, told WBTV in Charlotte. “They just wanted to steal stuff.”
Investigators indicated that the 40 guns are being examined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine whether any of the guns have been reported stolen. The ATF could not comment on its findings.
Mayfield’s arrest is the latest in the string of meth run-ins that has helped lead to his indefinite suspension from NASCAR. In the summer of 2009, Mayfield tested positive twice for methamphetamine during random testing, the second coming after NASCAR indefinitely suspended him for substance abuse. Earlier in the year, five of Mayfield’s dogs had to be quarantined after they attacked a female mail carrier, causing several stitches.
The investigation remains ongoing, with additional charges believed to be forthcoming, police said.
Mayfield was released on $3,000 bond. At his appearance at Catawba County Court Wednesday, the judge determined he would have a hearing Nov. 14.