NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was arrested by authorities in Mexico last month after they found a handgun in his bag at an airport.
Prosecutors have stated that Busch is facing three and a half years in prison if convicted of the charges.
The prosecutors issued a statement that said they “obtained a conviction in the case of three years six months in prison and a fine of 200 units of measurement and update equivalent to the amount of 20 thousand 748 pesos.”
However, Busch is now back in America and issued a statement saying he considers the case closed.
If Busch’s statement is accurate, it appears he may avoid spending over 3 years in a Mexican hellhole prison.
Although the status of the case is uncertain at this time.
Busch said: “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 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.
“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.”
— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) February 6, 2023
Despite Busch’s comments, Mexican authorities still appear to be pursuing the case, however.
Prosecutors in Quintana Roo issued a statement that said:
“The Public Ministry of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) in Quintana Roo, obtained a conviction of three years six months in prison and a fine of 200 units of measurement and update equivalent to the amount of 20 thousand 748 pesos, against a person of foreign nationality
“The sentenced today, 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.
“According to the investigation folder, the arrest took place on January 27 of this year, when the man sentenced today was detained by elements of the Quintana Roo National Guard, derived from the direct signaling of private security personnel from the Airport.
“Cancun International, who are assigned to guard the platform of the FBO terminal for private flights.
“The detainee, who is originally from the State of Nevada, intended to travel to the United States of America, but when passing his luggage through the RX of the platform, a caliber pistol-type firearm was detected inside.
“380 with magazine stocked with six useful hollow point cartridges.
“Due to the foregoing, the Agent of the Federal Public Ministry presented it before the Control Judge, on January 29 of this year, who described the detention as legal, linked to the process and through an abbreviated procedure issued a sentence,” prosecutors said.
NASCAR champ Kyle Busch vacationed with wife Samantha in Mexico last month, brought a handgun with him, was detained at the airport and the Mexican authorities want justice.
— OutKick (@Outkick) February 6, 2023