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- Updated: March 31, 2016
NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Derek White was among almost 60 people targeted by Quebec and Ontario police in what is being called by many the biggest tobacco-smuggling bust in North American history, according to law enforcement officials.
Derek White turned himself into authorities Wednesday after being connected with the case and faces seven charges. His charges included 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.
Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau of the Quebec Provincial Police said to the media that White was being interrogated Wednesday. White, who turned himself in after learning of an arrest warrant in his name, was expected to be arraigned Wednesday night.
Canadian officials, along with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security, launched the investigation in 2014, Thibaudeau said. Nearly 60 individuals were arrested and nearly 70 searches took place Wednesday. About 700 officers from Canada and the U.S. were involved.
Derek White, 45 and from Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada, became the first Native American driver in the Sprint Cup Series when he raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last July. He finished 39th in the 43-car field.
He has made 22 career Xfinity starts from 2012 to this year. He finished last in the 40-car field March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and failed to qualify for the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. White, who owned his team, drove in 13 Xfinity races last year with a best finish of 22nd at Daytona.