Xfinity Series owner and driver Derek White has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violation of its membership policy.
The 45-year-old White was arrested Wednesday as part of what authorities are calling the biggest tobacco-smuggling bust in North American history.
On Monday, NASCAR reached a decision and made a huge announcement that it’s suspending White for violating a section of the Xfinity Series Rule Book that states: “Any NASCAR member charged with any violation of the law (misdemeanor and/or felony) shall notify NASCAR … prior to the next scheduled Event or within 72 hours of being so charged, whichever is earlier.”
Bloomberg Businessweek first broke the story of White’s smuggling involvement on Wednesday and said that White was among those 60 people targeted in the tobacco smuggling operations.
White is a member of Mohawk tribe who lives in Kahnawake near Montreal, Canada. The 45-year-old Xfinity Series driver was charged with seven counts of conspiracy, fraud and profiteering as a criminal organization.
According to Quebec Provincial Police that the White’s smuggling activity centered on purchasing tobacco leaf in North Carolina and then importing it into Canada for redistribution. The profits from the sales of smuggled tobacco were then used to buy cocaine, the Quebec Police department said.
The sting operation that caught White and nearly 60 other targeted individuals in Quebec and Ontario is the biggest tobacco-smuggling incident in the North America history. It involved nearly 700 law enforcement officers across Canada and the United States. Police authorities said they seized not only smuggled tobacco but also drugs, which include 1800 pounds of cocaine, 46 pounds of methamphetamine and 35 pounds of marijuana.
White has competed in 22 Xfinity races since 2012, and has become the first Native American driver to race in the Sprint Cup Series. In addition, White also competed in the Canadian-based NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
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