(ReliableNews.org) – Auckland, New Zealand, is on a citywide lockdown due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases. A couple of “gang associates” decided to take a chance with local restaurants closed, by visiting a Kentucky Fried Chicken located outside the city limits and smuggling the food back into the city.
Auckland law enforcement officials arrested two men on Sunday after they pulled a U-turn down an unpaved road as they approached city limits.
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Officers found several buckets of chicken, 10 containers of coleslaw and French fries. They also discovered several small empty baggies and more than 100,000 in New Zealand dollars, worth about $70,000 in US currency, in their car.
This incident marks the second time during the last month that Auckland police charged individuals for breaking the COVID-19 lockdown to purchase fast food. In August, officers arrested a 20-year-old man who posted a video on social media of him leaving Auckland and purchasing a large amount of food from McDonald’s.
Officials from the New Zealand National Police told reporters that, by and large, they were happy with the level of compliance with Auckland’s lockdown. However, they said it was disappointing to learn that a few people deliberately tried to break the restriction.
The two men face up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $6,000 US dollars.
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