Two arrested in New Zealand for smuggling in buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken

Police in New Zealand have arrested two men found with a car boot “full of KFC” and tens of thousands of dollars. The men were stopped by police as they tried to enter Auckland on Sunday in breach of strict coronavirus lockdown rules.

At present, the country’s capital is under a level 4 lockdown that has seen the closure of all restaurants and take-out services. Everyone is required to stay at home and only essential shops are open. Elsewhere in the country, restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs are categorised as level 2, however, with residents permitted to leave their homes.

Police stopped the “suspicious-looking vehicle” after it was spotted on a gravel road on the city outskirts. “Upon seeing the police car, the vehicle did a u-turn and sped off trying to evade police,” local authorities said. “The vehicle was searched, and police located the cash, alongside empty ounce bags and a large amount of takeaways.”

The men allegedly had at least three buckets of chicken, 10 cups of coleslaw, fries, and four other bags of KFC items, according to local police. Under New Zealand’s anti-COVID-19 laws, the pair’s trip to KFC could cost them the equivalent of about $3,000 along with the possibly of a six-month prison sentence.




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