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The son of Winston Cup driver Mike Skinner was arrested in North Carolina on
Thursday on multiple drug charges.
A spokesman for the Randolph County Sheriff's department said they arrested
Michael James Skinner, 22, of Randleman, N.C., after a search warrant turned
up valium, anabolic steroids, marijuana and two digital scales with cocaine
residue on them in his home and garage. Officials said they also found 88.9
grams of cocaine inside a race car belonging to the younger Skinner.
He was jailed and bond was set at $100,000.
The charges against Michael James Skinner include trafficking in cocaine by possession; possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine; simple possession of Diazepam (valium); possession with intent to sell or deliver anabolic steroids; and simple possession of marijuana.
"I'm devastated by the news as any parent would be," said Mike Skinner (Sr.). "But
right now, since we don't have all the information, there's not a lot I can
say. Jamie and I talked on the telephone but it was a
conversation between me and my son that will be kept private.
"I will make a further statement after I know all of the details. Until
then, there's not a lot more I can say."
Skinner has had 140 career starts, with no victories. He is winless in 30 Winston Cup starts this season, though he has 10 top-ten finishes.
Skinner also is a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion.