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NASCAR Driver Busted In Largest Tobacco-Smuggling Sting In North American History

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NASCAR driver and owner Derek White was busted in what’s turned out to be the largest tobacco-smuggling sting in North American history.

 According to NBC Sports, White turned himself in after a two-year investigation involving both U.S. and Canadian officials, who produced a warrant for his arrest Wednesday.

Sgt. Daniel Thibaudeau of the Quebec Provincial Police said he was one of 60 individuals arrested in connection to the investigation, which has uncovered “at least” 158 smuggling runs — hauling 2,294 tons of tobacco — from North Carolina to Canada.

White has 22 career Xfinity series starts and became the first Native American driver to compete in the Sprint Cup Series last season.

White’s charges include three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud against the government, three counts of fraud toward the government and one count of criminal profiteering.

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