New Zealand police nab gang associates smuggling fried chicken

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New Zealand police have arrested two gang associates who were trying to smuggle a car boot-full of fried chicken into Auckland.

Auckland, the country’s largest city, has been under strict Covid-19 restrictions since mid-August, with nobody allowed to enter or leave the region.

All non-essential businesses, which includes fast food eateries, are closed within Auckland. However, the rest of New Zealand has far less restrictions with almost all businesses open.

Police said officers patrolling back roads near the border noticed a “suspicious looking” vehicle travelling on an unsealed road.

Upon spotting the police car, the vehicle did a u-turn and fled the area, a police spokesperson said in a statement.

The vehicle eventually pulled over and police established they had been travelling from the nearby city of Hamilton trying to get into Auckland.

The vehicle was searched and police located more than 100,000 New Zealand dollars (70,207 US dollars), empty ounce bags, and “a large amount” of takeaway fried chicken.

Two men, aged 23 and 30, will appear in court at a later date, police said.

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