Kyle Busch, American Nascar driver, revealed that he was detained at the end of January at an airport in Cancun, Mexico, for being in possession of a weapon and ammunition in the airspace.
The pilot was sentenced to 3 years in prison plus a $1,000 fine for having the gun and various ammunition, punishment handed down by a judge in the state of Quintana Roo, where the cities of Cancún and Tulum are located, beach vacation destinations very popular with Americans.
The Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico later reported that it left a judge to decide a conditional punishment for Busch plus an economic fine and leave the Mexican country. The American pilot then posted on social media apologizing and explaining the situation that occurred at the airport.
“When we were leaving the country they found a valid concealed carry permit from my local authority and it adheres to all firearms laws, but I made a mistake forgetting it was in my bag. The discovery of the firearm led to my arrest while the situation was resolved. I was unaware of Mexican law and had no intention of bringing a firearm into Mexico,” Busch wrote.
A NASCAR spokesman reported that Busch reported the incident to the organization’s authorities and there will be no penalty for the driver ahead of the new racing season.
Busch is a two-time NASCAR champion and the winningest driver in the Cup Series. This season he will race for Richard Childress Racing.
“When it was discovered, I fully cooperated with authorities, accepted the sanctions, and returned to North Carolina. I apologize for my error and appreciate the respect shown by all parties as we resolved the matter. My family and I consider this problem. closed,” Busch concluded.
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