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Former NASCAR Champ Breaks Bad and Is Arrested for Manufacturing Meth

December 3, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Former NASCAR Champ Breaks Bad and Is Arrested for Manufacturing  Meth Image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

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Former NASCAR Weekly Series national champion Robert Powell was arrested on Monday and charged with possession of and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Powell, 49, has been under investigation by local police in South Carolina after complaints by his neighbors in the town of Goose Creek.

Investigators seized evidence from a garbage can outside Powell’s residence, which was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The DEA found materials used to manufacture meth including empty containers of drain cleaner, cold medicine and syringes. Several of the syringes tested positive for meth. Based on the evidence Powell and resident, Elma Buchanan, were both arrested and charged with possession.

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image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Both had bonded out of the Berkeley County (SC) Detention Center Tuesday morning.
Powell competed in NASCAR’s Weekly Series from 1984 to 2002 winning 111 races in 328 starts at Summerville, Florence Motor and Myrtle Beach Speedways.

He won the Weekly Series title in the Atlantic division in 1988. Powell also competed in NASCAR’s second tier touring series collectively known as the Busch, then Nationwide series.

He entered 15 races between 1989 and 1994 compiling a record of one top five and four top five finishes without leading a lap. Powell also competed in the NASCAR All-American Challenge series, the AutoZone Elite and Southeast series.

Powell’s case is similar to that of NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield who was charged with possession of meth in 2011.

Image courtesy of 1045theteam.com

Image courtesy of 1045theteam.com

Mayfield agreed to a plea deal earlier this year that saw him avoid jail time. He was given 18 months probation. Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR in 2009 after testing positive for meth use. He fought that charge and has yet to be reinstated by the sport.

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