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NASCAR driver Kyle Busch arrested, detained in Mexico for handgun possession in January 2/7/2023 Mark Heim,

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was detained in Mexico last month after a handgun was found in his bag.

The arrest happened as he and his wife Samantha boarded a private jet to leave the country, per Yahoo! Sports.

Per the report, citing the Mexico Prosecutor General’s office, a man from Nevada identified as “Kyle Thomas B” was “credited with full responsibility in the commission of the crime of carrying a firearm without a license and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of the armed forces.”

The two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion was arrested on Jan. 27 and sentenced Monday to 3.5 years in prison and fined $1,100. No information was given in the statement regarding how Busch’s sentence would be handled.

Busch, 37, said in a statement that he considered “this issued closed” and finished third in Sunday night’s NASCAR Clash exhibition race. He said that he does “adhere to all handgun laws,” but also admitted in the same statement that he was unaware of the Mexican law that forbids the possession of a weapon in the country without Mexican approval.

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

According to the prosecutor general, Busch’s handgun had six hollow point cartridges inside.

Mark Heim is a reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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