NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch was arrested in Mexico after a handgun was found in his bag while he was boarding a private jet with his wife Samantha after a vacation in the country. The incident took place on January 27 and on Monday he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and fined $1,100.

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Following the arrest, he released a statement saying:

“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.

“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 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.”

Age and net worth:

Busch, who was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, is 37 years old. As per Celebrity Net worth, he has a net worth of $80 million.

Wife and children:

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Kyle Busch married Samantha Sarcinella on December 31, 2010, in Chicago. His wedding was featured in an hour special on Style Network. Samantha is a native of St. John, Indiana, and a graduate of Purdue University with a psychology degree. Their son, Brexton Locke Busch, was born on May 18, 2015. The couple welcomed a daughter, Lennix Key Busch, on 10 May 2022.

Legal issues:

The latest incident is not the first run in with law enforcement for Busch. On May 24, 2011, Busch was cited for reckless driving and speeding near Troutman, North Carolina. He issued a public apology in which he stated he got “carried away” test driving a Lexus LFA.

On August 23, 2011, he received a $1,000 fine and had his license suspended for 45 days after he pleaded guilty to speeding.

On April 29, 2014, he was again cited for traveling 60 mph in a 45 mph (72 km/h) speed limit zone on NC 73 in Denver, North Carolina. The officer who stopped him claimed Busch had a “disrespectful attitude.”