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cluckin' starvin' New Zealand cops nab bird-brained 'gang affiliates' trying to smuggle KFC into Auckland

Cops also recovered around €60,000 from the vehicle

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New Zealand cops had to reluctantly keep the KFC haul as evidence

New Zealand cops had to reluctantly keep the KFC haul as evidence

New Zealand cops had to reluctantly keep the KFC haul as evidence

Bird-brained Kiwi fried chicken smugglers have been arrested in the heavily locked-down New Zealand city of Auckland, after they were caught attempting to smuggle a consignment of KFC.

The city had been under a Level 4 lockdown due to the pandemic when the men were arrested, and has since been downgraded to Level 3, meaning restaurants can open for collection.

The men, who New Zealand police claim are “gang associates”, may have been trying to feather their own nest by taking orders of the crispy treat for cooped-up residents in isolation who had a hankering for some finger lickin’ goodness.

A police spokesperson said: "Officers noticed a suspicious-looking vehicle traveling on a gravel road and upon seeing the police car, the vehicle did a U-turn and sped off trying to evade police.

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Cops were greeted with the universally comforting image of the Colonel's face upon opening the boot of the car

Cops were greeted with the universally comforting image of the Colonel's face upon opening the boot of the car

Cops were greeted with the universally comforting image of the Colonel's face upon opening the boot of the car

"The vehicle eventually pulled over and police established they had been traveling from Hamilton trying to get into Auckland.

“The vehicle was searched and police located the cash, alongside empty ounce bags and a large amount of takeaways."

A photo supplied by cops showed three chicken buckets, four large bags of chicken and 10 sides of coleslaw, as well as other add-ons in the boot of the vehicle.

Police did not comment on whether they think the men intended to sell the chicken for a profit.

However, they did find $100,000 - around €60,000 - in cash in the vehicle.

The pair arrested, aged 23 and 30, will now have to appear before a court on breach of a health order.

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