New Zealand police catch men trying to smuggle 'car boot-full of KFC' into Auckland in lockdown

KFC seized New Zealand police officers. Credit: New Zealand Police

Police in New Zealand seized buckets of KFC from two men trying to enter Auckland with the fried chicken and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

Auckland is currently in a strict Level 4 Covid lockdown, meaning all restaurants, including takeaway services, are closed, and people can only travel around for limited reasons.

Officers said they noticed a suspicious-looking car in the outskirts of the city. Upon seeing the police car, the driver did a u-turn and sped off trying to evade police.

KFC seized by New Zealand police. Credit: New Zealand Police

The driver of the car eventually pulled over and police found more than $100,000 (£51,000) in cash, alongside empty ounce bags, and a large amount of KFC.

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.

The men had been travelling from Hamilton, police said.

Two men, aged 23 and 30, were charged with breaching the country's Covid-19 lockdown.