Two men face jail sentences for allegedly smuggling buckets of Kentucky fried chicken, coleslaw and french fries into a coronavirus-banned New Zealand town.
The arrest took place near the border with Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The residents there have been under a very strict lockdown for a month, banning restaurants from opening and even restricting takeaway orders.
“Officials noticed a suspicious-looking vehicle driving on a gravel road, and when the police car saw it, the vehicle did a U-turn and sped away to avoid the police,” New Zealand police said.
The illegal chicken was discovered during a search of the car. The police also found $ 100,000 in cash.
A photo of the illegal fast food in a police car showed three buckets of chicken and ten cups of coleslaw.
The two men, aged 23 and 30, face up to 6 months in prison or a fine of up to $ 4,000 for violating the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act.
Police described the couple as “gang partners” and said they would be charged with public health violations and face additional charges.
86 people in Auckland were charged with a total of 90 health ordinance-related offenses, according to 1News New Zealand. In one case, a man was arrested for crossing the border to buy McDonald’s fast food and posting a video of his crime on TikTok.
“I got loads of McDonald’s for my family and friends, it was ages ago since I was last there,” said the man.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern imposed the lockdown in August when ten cases of coronavirus were discovered in Auckland. Restrictions have been eased as the seven-day average of new cases fell from a surge of 66 cases at the end of August to 18.
Only 37% of eligible New Zealanders are fully vaccinated, while 71% have received at least one vaccination.
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