Mayfield indicted on drug charges

BY foxsports • November 8, 2011

Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was indicted Monday by a grand jury on drug possession charges stemming from a Nov. 1 raid on his home and property in North Carolina.

The indictment, reported by The Associated Press, was expected and shows the intent of the district attorney to prosecute the case. If found guilty of possession of methamphetamine, Mayfield could serve three to 10 months in jail.

Mayfield, who through his attorney has denied any knowledge of having methamphetamine on his property, is scheduled to be in court next Monday and still faces the possibility of more significant charges.

Acting on a tip from a police source, four law enforcement agencies searched Mayfield’s home and other dwellings on his 388-acre property Nov. 1. According to the warrant and seizure report, in addition to the 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, police found approximately $100,000 in goods that had been reported stolen.

According to the police affidavit that was part of the search warrant, when asked why Mayfield would deal in stolen property, “the source advised that Mayfield is a consistent user of methamphetamine and often consumes up to an ounce a day of that substance.

“The source alleges to have personally witnessed Mayfield purchase and consume methamphetamine over 500 separate times.”

Mayfield's attorney said in the statement last week that the police source is unreliable.

“This search was prompted by what the evidence will show were baseless allegations by an unreliable source,” the statement said. “Mr. Mayfield and his attorneys are cooperating with the authorities and they look forward to this matter being resolved quickly."

Mayfield, who has not raced since his May 2009 suspension that NASCAR says was for a positive test for methamphetamine, also faces significant financial issues.

According to court judgments against him and online property tax reports, he owes approximately $80,000 in property taxes, $65,000 in North Carolina state taxes, $1.35 million to a bank after defaulting on a loan, and $555,000 to credit card companies, surveying companies and in legal fees.

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