NASCAR has indefinitely suspended part-time driver Derek White for violation of its membership policy.
White, was among nearly 60 people targeted by Canadian police last week in what was described as the biggest tobacco-smuggling bust in North American history.
On Tuesday, NASCAR suspended White for his failure to notify NASCAR of his arrest before his next scheduled event, or within 72 hours, whichever is earlier. The notification is mandated by its membership policy.
Bloomberg Businessweek first reported White’s involvement on Wednesday and said he was among those arrested for their involvement in biker gangs, organized crime, buying tobacco in the United States and then illegally importing it into Canada.
The tobacco was ultimately sold on the Kahnawake and Six Nations reserves police told Bloomberg Businessweek. White, 45, is a member of Mohawk tribe who lives in Kahnawake near Montreal.
White has attempted two NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season, failing to make the field in the season-opener at Daytona. He started last and finished 36th at Las Vegas for a team co-owned by himself and Carl Long.
White has also competed in the Canadian-based NASCAR Pinty’s Series, where he has a pair of top-10s in three dozen career starts.