Kyle Busch addresses gun charge in Mexico; 3.5 years sentence

Kyle Busch was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison after handgun charge while leaving Mexico

Kyle Busch is a driver in the NASCAR Cup Series. He’s a two-time champion, winning the title in 2015 and again in 2019.

Read the statement from Kyle Busch in full below.

Reports had recently circulated stating Kyle Busch was detained in Mexico. The reports noted that a gun violation was the cause.

The Mexico Prosecutor General’s Office put out a press release confirming the incident involved a Nevada man who they identified as “Kyle Thomas B”. They noted the incident occurred on January 27, 2022 and the man carried hollow-point bullets.

Mexico noted that Busch was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and also fined $1,100. Though, he was released and there is no conclusion as to how Busch would serve the sentence.

Busch recently competed in The Clash at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. It was his debut with Richard Childress Racing, he finished in 3rd.

Back in August 2022, Kyle Busch and his son were seen in viral videos during the time of a shooting at Mall of America. He escaped the mall without harm.

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Kyle Busch issues statement on handgun violation

On Monday, Busch addressed these reports and added context to the story.

“In late January, Samantha and I enjoyed a several-day vacation in Mexico,” Kyle Busch stated via social media.

“When departing the country, my handgun was flagged during routine screening at the airport. I have a valid concealed carry permit from my local authority and adhere to all handgun laws, but I made a mistake by forgetting it was in my bag.”

“Discovery of the handgun led to my detainment while the situation was resolved. I was not aware of Mexican law and had no intention of bringing my handgun into Mexico.”

“When it was discovered, I fully cooperated with the authorities, accepted the penalties, and returned to North Carolina.”

He concluded, “I apologize for my mistake and appreciate the respect shown by all parties as we resolved the matter. My family and I consider this issue closed.”

Busch is set to return to the track on February 19th, 2023 for the famed Daytona 500.

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