Kyle Busch released a statement revealing that he was detained by the Mexican Airport authorities last January due to illegally possessing firearms. The tow times Cup series champion had a wild 2022 season, and it might have followed him to the off-season. He left Joe Gibbs Racing after spending 15 years with them and joined direct rivals Richard Childress Racing.
Busch made his RCR debut on January 4 Sunday at the LA cash, where he finished P3 behind teammate Austin Dillon and race winner and ex-JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr. He came back from an early dump by his arch-rival Joey Logano on lap 86 to finish in the podium and go back home with the bronze medal.
He has released a statement via his Twitter revealing that the authorities detained him in Mexico on his way back to the USA after a vacation. Busch was carrying firearms without permission in the country. He claimed to have forgotten to remove it from his bag as he has cement to concealed carry the handgun in the States. Busch apologized for the incident and added that the issue had been resolved.
“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,” He wrote in the statement.
“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. When it was discovered, I fully cooperated with the authorities, accepted the penalties, and returned to North Carolina. I apologise 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 added.
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Confusion is still in the air as a press release from Public Prosecutor, Quintana Roo reveals at potential Jail term for Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch didn’t mention any prison sentence that has been given to him. Still, the statement released from the Quintana Roo Public Prosecutor’s office suggests that alongside a hefty 20 thousand 748 pesos fine, a person identified as Kyle Thomas B is sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison.
“The Public Prosecutor’s Office General of the Republic (FGR) in Quintana Roo, obtained the conviction of three years, six months imprisonment and a fine of 200 units of measurement and Updated equivalent to the amount of 20 thousand 748 pesos, against a person of foreign nationality,” the legal authority stated.
He is charged for unlicensed carry. The statement added, “The now sentenced, Kyle Thomas “B”, is accredited his full responsibility in the commission of the crime of carrying an unlicensed firearm and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of Armed forces,”.
Kyle Busch was carrying a Pistol type handgun and a 0.38 caliber magazine. The statement added, “The detainee, who is originally from the State of Nevada, intended to travel to the United States of America, but in passing his luggage by the RX of the platform was detected inside a pistol-type firearm caliber. 380 with magazine stocked with six useful hollow tip cartridges,”.
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