Xfinity Series driver and Quebec native Derek White turned himself into authorities last week after he was found to be connected to a tobacco smuggling ring. White’s arrest led to the driver being indefinitely suspended by NASCAR.
Documents show that White has been under police surveillance since 2006 and was found to be a high-ranking member in the drug ring that was busted last week in the largest tobacco smuggling but in North American history. Authorities say 52,800 kilograms of tobacco, 836 kilograms of cocaine, 21 kilograms of methamphetamine, and 35 pounds of pot were seized as part of the bust
In 2008, White’s name came up during a marijuana smuggling investigation, but the driver was never charged.
News of White’s suspension was released Monday afternoon as part of NASCAR’s penalty report. White’s charges are listed as three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud against the government, three counts of fraud toward the government, and one count of profiteering as a criminal organization.
In an article posted in the Eastern Door newspaper Thursday evening, White claims that his charges were all tobacco-related and he denied any links to the drug operation.
“All it has to do with is with tobacco, it has nothing to do with any of the other stuff they’re making up,” White told the Eastern Door. “I have nothing to do with drugs, or ISIS or terrorism…I have nothing to do with that shit, absolutely zero. They want their tax money, that’s all.”
White also told the Eastern Door he posted $20,000 bail.
Derek White has made one Xfinity Series start this season and finished in 36th-place at Las Vegas. His highest finish came in his first career Xfinity Series start when he finished 18th at Montreal.
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