NASCAR Champion Arrested in Mexico After Handgun Found in Baggage, Sentenced to Years in Prison

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NASCAR champion Kyle Busch has been sentenced to serve more than three years in a Mexican prison after he brought a handgun into the country while on vacation last month.

In a news release Friday, federal prosecutors in Quintana Roo, the Mexican state that is home to Cancun, said Busch was caught carrying a loaded .380 caliber pistol in his baggage during a Jan. 27 search at Cancun International Airport.

The release said he had been found guilty and sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and a fine of about $1,100.

It is not clear how the sentence will be carried out by Mexican authorities, as the NASCAR star is back in the United States.

Perhaps he will have to avoid vacationing in the country for the remainder of his life.

Busch addressed the incident in a statement he posted on Twitter on Monday evening.

“In late January, Samantha and I enjoyed a several day vacation in Mexico,” he wrote, referring to his wife. “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.

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