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Gang Starts Hunting Down Meth Dealers

| by David Bonner
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A gang has given drug dealers a deadline to get out of town -- or else.

The town of Ngaruawahia in New Zealand has a meth problem, and the Tribal Huk gang is doing something about it, reports the Daily Mail.

On Oct. 13 they issued an ultimatum, giving meth dealers 24 hours to get out of town. “We ask nicely first, then they’ve got to go,” said gang leader Jamie Pink.

In response, Western Waikato Police issued a statement to Daily Mail saying they don’t condone vigilante justice.

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Pink’s crusade against meth began in 2007, when his daughter was offered meth. He responded by going to the dealer’s house and smashing it up with a sledgehammer.

Since that time, his gang has been involved primarily in non-violent community service. They are famous locally for making sandwiches for schoolchildren, serving as many as 1000 sandwiches a day to some 40 different schools, reports Tthe New Zealand Herald.

They’ve also set up a charity, Kai 4 the Future Foundation, in association with non-gang community leaders.

However, since conducting an informal survey of children in Ngaruawahia, Pink discovered that 75 percent of them used meth, which led to his gang’s current ultimatum, backed with the threat of violence.

The gang takes its name from the leftist Philippine guerilla group Hukbalahap, which formed during World War II to fight the Japanese occupation of that country. They were eventually destroyed by U.S.-backed counterinsurgency operation after the war.

Sources: Daily Mail, The New Zealand Herald / Photo credit: Christel Yardley/Fairfax NZ via Stuff

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