NASCAR’s Kyle Busch caught with gun at Mexican airport, sentenced to over 3 years in prison

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was sentenced to three and a half years in a Mexican prison for carrying a handgun on his trip to Cancun last month.

Busch was arrested on January 27 when an X-ray of his luggage as he left Cancun to return to the United States revealed that the driver had a loaded gun in one of his bags.

His sentence was pronounced last week by the Mexican authorities. A Mexican law firm quoted by Law & said that speedy sentencing “is applied in custodial sentences not exceeding 9 years or in others of a different nature.”

Busch was also fined $1,080 for the violation, or about 20,748 pesos. It is not known how he will serve his sentence.

He addressed the crime in a tweet on Monday saying he mistakenly forgot the gun was in his luggage and was detained “while the situation is resolved”. Busch said he was unaware of Mexican law and had no intention of bringing the gun into the country.

“When this was discovered, I fully cooperated with authorities, accepted the sanctions and returned to North Carolina,” Busch tweeted. “I apologize for my error and appreciate the respect shown by all parties when we resolved the issue. My family and I consider this issue closed.

Busch is currently tied with Kevin Harvick for the most NASCAR Cup wins among active drivers. He came third in NASCAR’s Clash exhibition race on Sunday.


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