NASCAR driver busted in huge tobacco-smuggling ring

Published: Mar. 31, 2016 at 4:10 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 8:19 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A NASCAR driver faces seven charges in being connected to what is being called the biggest tobacco-smuggling bust in North American history.

NBC Sports says Derek White was one of nearly 60 people arrested on Wednesday following an investigation by Canadian government officials, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security.

The investigation shows that there were at least 158 transports of illegal tobacco from North Carolina to Canada from 2014-16. About 2,294 tons of tobacco worth $530 million (in Canadian dollars) were transported and resold.

Profits were used to purchase cocaine and some of the money was laundered overseas, investigators said. By not declaring the tobacco at the border, no taxes were paid.

NBC Sports says White, 45, became the first Native American driver in the Sprint Cup Series when he raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. He finished 39th.

He also has made 22 career Xfinity starts since 2012. White drove in 13 Xfinity races last year with a best finish of 22nd at Daytona.

Click here for more information about this investigation.

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