NASCAR Champion Arrested In Mexico For Gun Possession

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The driver who made the No. 8 famous was recently in some legal trouble. Two-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch was arrested in Mexico after a handgun was found in his bag.

According to the Mexico Prosecutor General’s office, the official crime he committed was “carrying a firearm without a license and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces.”

The crime Busch committed got him a “conviction of three years six months in prison” and a fine of $1,094.04.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Busch and his wife, Samantha were boarding a private jet in Mexico after a vacation when the gun was found in his bag.

On January 30th, Samantha shared a carousel of photos from a vacation at Rosewood Mayakoba, a resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico.


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Busch’s statement read:

“In late January, Samantha and I enjoyed a several day vacation in Mexico. 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 a handgun into Mexico.”

He continued, saying he “fully cooperated with the authorities, accepted the penalties, and returned to North Carolina.”

The NASCAR champion apologized and says he considers “this issue closed.”