If you thought that smuggling drugs or abalone was shocking, then try wrapping your head around fried chicken! Two men referred to as “gang associates” were caught smuggling cash and a boot full of KFC.
This took place while the city of Auckland was under a Level 4 lockdown as the duo tried to bring the chicken meals into the city. Under this strict lockdown, all restaurants, including take-away services, remained closed.
According to the New Zealand police, three chicken buckets, four large KFC bags, around 10 cups of coleslaw and more was part of the duo’s potential feast.
In a statement, it was said that the two men tried to get into Auckland with over $100,000 in cash along with the KFC.
“Officers noticed a suspicious looking vehicle travelling on a gravel road and upon seeing the Police car, the vehicle did a u-turn and sped off trying to evade Police.
“The vehicle eventually pulled over and Police established they had been travelling from Hamilton trying to get into Auckland.
“The vehicle was searched and Police located the cash, alongside empty ounce bags and a large amount of takeaways,” the police statement read.
Both men, aged 23 and 30, were summonsed to appear in court at a later date for breaching the Health Order and further charges are likely.
Since the Level 4 lockdown was put in place, police say 86 people have been charged with a total of 90 offenses, the majority of which were failing to comply with Covid-19 restrictions.