Former NASCAR driver and owner Jeremy Mayfield was arrested at his western North Carolina home in Catawba County and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, adding more hardship to his sordid history drugs.

Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR as both a driver and an owner on May 9, 2009 after failing a random drug test. He denied he was using an illegal drug, rather claiming that the combination of a prescription of Adderall and an over-the-counter Claritin-D allergy medication reacted together and resulted in a positive drug test.

Nevertheless, NASCAR said he tested positive for methamphetamines. After temporarily having his suspension lifted on July 1, 2009, he was suspended again just two weeks later after testing positive once again for meth.

His drug suspension continues today.

When he was arrested, Mayfield, 42, was found in possession of 1.5 grams of meth, according to records from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Mayfield posted $3,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in district court on Wednesday.

Detectives from neighboring Lincoln County said roughly $100,000 worth of items that belonged to two businesses in that county were also found, and they plan to charge Mayfield with possession of stolen goods, too.

Police were initially called to search Mayfield's home after a tip suggested there was stolen property stored there, including sound equipment and Red Bull Racing gear. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office also said Mayfield had heavy equipment parts, welders and welding accessories, truck parts, an engraving machine and other items that they say were reported stolen in late 2010 and early 2011.

TMZ reported that in addition to finding meth and stolen goods, police also seized over 40 firearms. Catawba County Sheriff's office Joel Fish told TMZ most of the guns were rifles and shotguns with a few handguns.

The guns are shown In the picture below from Alan Cavanna (@CopaCavanna) of WSOC-TV

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According to Cavanna, the guns were confiscated simply because a felony charge took place, and not because the police know yet if the guns are illegal or stolen.

 

Having just heard and read the news about the Jeremy Mayfield incident, we will have to see how the facts play out, NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said in an e-mail message. NASCAR's goal in its substance abuse program has always been to keep competitors safe and create treatment opportunities for those who need it.

Mayfield's sad history with drugs goes years back, with his estranged stepmother alleging he used to cook his own meth at a race shop in the late 1990s.

In his career, Mayfield registered 96 top tens and five wins in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series and five top tens and no wins in the Nationwide Series.

E-mail Jason Van Hoven at j.vanhoven@ibtimes.com