Late-night chicken run: Two arrested for ‘smuggling' KFC into Auckland

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Two men have been arrested after police reportedly found them with a car boot-full of Kentucky fried chicken and over $100 000 (more than R1 million) in cash as they tried to cross the border into Auckland despite New Zealand’s strict COVID-19 lockdown.

Many social media users joked that the whole ordeal is just like a Southpark episode.

Talk about a Chicken Run

According to the BBC, under Auckland’s strict Level 4 lockdown, all restaurants, including take-away services, remain closed. The men, aged 23 and 30, had reportedly travelled from Hamilton to Auckland and were pulled over when police noticed their suspicious-looking vehicle travelling on a gravel road on the outskirts of the city.

A police spokesperson told the BBC that officers proceeded to arrest the pair.

“Upon seeing the police car, the vehicle did a u-turn and sped off trying to evade police,” they said. “The vehicle was searched and police located the cash, alongside empty ounce bags and a large amount of takeaways.”

Large amounts of Kentucky

Police photos showed at least three buckets of chicken, about 10 cups of coleslaw, a large package of fries, and four large bags containing other KFC items.

It is unclear whether the men intended to sell the food or if they hoped to use it as a distraction if they were to be pulled over.

The police spokesperson also said that the men would appear in court later in the year for breaching public health rules but added that further charges are also likely.

Ricky business

The pair’s risky late-night food run means they now face heavy punishments under New Zealand’s tough anti-COVID laws. Fines can reach up to NZ $4 000 (about R4 000) and some offenders can even face prison sentences of up to six months.

The rest of New Zealand remains at a Level 2 lockdown with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs all open.

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