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Victoria’s Josh Reaume, who drives in the NASCAR Xfinity series that takes place in various cities throughout the US was due to race this weekend, however, one of the two owners of the car he drives turned himself in to Canadian authorities in Quebec to face seven charges as a result of his role in a tobacco smuggling organization. They include three counts of Conspiracy to Commit Fraud against the Government, three counts of Fraud towards the Government and one count of Profiteering as a Criminal Organization.
NASCAR has suspended Mr. Derek White as of today; however, no official statement has been released yet.
White and Carl Long are co-owners of MBM Motorsports.
Apparently tobacco leaves were purchased legally in North Carolina, and then transported north to be re-sold on the Kahnawake reserves in Quebec. White is a member of the Kahnawake tribe, which has a reserve directly across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal. The leaves were not declared at border crossings, which enabled them to evade taxes and duties that would have to have been paid to the Canadian government. The profits from the sales were used to buy illegal drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine. The illegal drugs were discovered in a series of busts that took place in both Quebec and Ontario.
The 45-year-ol White has 29 career starts amongst NASCAR’s three National Series. During 2015, White became the first Native American driver to race in Sprint Cup when he drove for Circle Sport at New Hampshire. He finished 39th after starting 43rd.
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