• Warrant: Source said Mayfield was stealing to support drug habit

    By: Alan Cavanna


    CONCORD, N.C.,None - A confidential source told authorities that Jeremy Mayfield was stealing to support his drug habit.

    A search warrant obtained by Eyewitness News says the source knew specific details about reported break-ins and thefts and said Mayfield was involved in it all and that all the stolen property would be found at his home.

    On Monday, police seized hundreds of items -- mostly tools, metals and machinery -- worth $100,000.

    They also said they found 1.5 grams of meth and a meth pipe.

    The confidential source said he or she watched Mayfield purchase and consume meth “over 500 separate times,” saying Mayfield stole to support his drug habit.

    On Thursday, Mayfield's lawyer denied the new allegations, saying: "Mr. Mayfield has no knowledge of either stolen property or methamphetamine being present on his property."

    The attorney called the allegations "baseless" and the confidential source "unreliable."

    Investigators had little reaction to the lawyer's claims.

    "He has a job to do," said Capt. Joel Fish of the Catwaba Co. Sheriff's Office. "He's representing Mr. Mayfield."

    Mayfield is still only charged with drug possession.

    Deputies will likely go in front of a grand jury on Monday, hoping to add charges of possessing stolen property.

    Mayfield timeline:

    • May 2, 2009: Mayfield was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy.

    • June 9, 2009: Reports surfaced that Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamines during a random drug screening on May 1 at Richmond Motor Speedway.

    • July 1, 2009: U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen granted a temporary injunction, lifting Mayfield’s suspension from NASCAR.

    • July 15, 2009: NASCAR stated that Mayfield had again tested positive for meth during testing on July 6, five days after his suspension was lifted.

    • July 15, 2009: Mayfield's stepmother, Lisa Mayfield, stated that she had seen him use methamphetamine many times since 1998. Mayfield denied her claims.

    • July 24, 2009: A federal appeals court reversed Mayfield’s injunction and his suspension was reinstated.

    • July 26, 2009: Lisa Mayfield filed a lawsuit against Jeremy Mayfield for slander and sought unspecified monetary damages.

    • May 18, 2010: A North Carolina state judge dismissed Mayfield’s claims against NASCAR that it set him up and he was a chronic meth user.

    • April 22, 2011: Five dogs owned by Mayfield attacked a female mail carrier who was carrying a package to the front porch. She received several scratches and bite marks on her legs.

    • November 2, 2011: Mayfield was charged with possession of Meth in Catawba County.

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