Pretty much every week we see some headline about a “P bust” or a “Meth dealer” that has been apprehended by police. But this week just gone (end of October 2016) we have seen a whole community take a stand against the scourge that is Methamphetamine.
Ngaruawahia, a small township in Waikato, New Zealand, has had its fair share of meth problems. With burglaries on the rise (most burglaries are driven by the need for money to pay off the drug debt to the offenders dealer) and petty crime occurring daily, the township had seen better days.
Then, up stepped an unlikely solution to the towns problem, the local gang. The Tribal Huks. Please note that this blog is not to glorify gangs, nor is it to indemnify their actions in the past few weeks, instead, it is to highlight that something has been done, something extreme, and it has dealt with the overt P problem in the town.
The Tribal Huks gang took a stand against the meth dealer in the town after meth was offered to the some of the gang’s presidents’ family members. He took offence to this and “paid a visit” to the dealer. Polite words and not so polite words were no doubt exchanged and war broke out.
Yes, War. Shots fired, property damaged, injuries suffered (no deaths, at least, none that the public have been made aware of).
And, on the face of it, it appears to have been successful.
What makes this interesting, is not that a gang stood up to the drug and its dealers, not that it was criminal against criminal, no. What makes the War in Ngaruawahia on P interesting is that the community, the public, the good citizens of Ngaruawahia, appear to be right behind the Tribal Huks on this.
Not “hand in hand” not “shoulder to shoulder” but certainly not up in arms against the actions that the gang took to rid the town of the scourge of P dealers. In fact, in a recent article the Ngaruawahia Community Church Pastor David Wells states that he “isn't surprised that people in the town are staying relatively quiet about the stance that (The tribal Huks are) taking as they support the work (The tribal Huks are) doing.“
Wells goes onto state: "It's been evident that (P is) a far bigger problem than what the police can address. They have enough on their plate and I think in many respects they're probably powerless to do much.” Police certainly do have “enough on their plate.” Whilst recorded crime increases (Source), police staffing levels have not kept up with population growth. The police are under staffed and are left short handed and often unable to act
We all deserve to the right to life, in fact, its legislated under the Human Rights Act. We all deserve the right to be free from harm and injury as we go about our daily lives. And we most certainly deserve to have the right to live in a property that is free from the potential to harm us and our families.
The Tribal Huks have done the township of Ngaruawahia a favour. They have done the police a favour. Ngaruawahia is now a safer place without meth dealers.
Could the police have done the same thing? Descended upon the township and “run” the dealers out of town? Unlikely as our legal system requires evidence, arrest, court procedures and then, perhaps, jail time, when, at the conclusion of said time, the criminals simply go right back into what landed them in trouble in the first place.
What I am not saying is that the Tribal Huks are correct in their approach, but what I am also saying is that if the Tribal Huks knew where all the meth dealers and cooks where in Ngaruawahia, then the police either knew, or could easily have found out.
What I am saying is that the police have their hands tied by the legal system, and it’s a good system. We need it to keep our society safe and our way of life intact.
But, yes, there is a but. But we do need to be more community minded, more community aware.
We MUST take a stand collectively in our society to prevent those that would seek to usurp (yes I used “usurp”) out way of life and destroy if for their own benefit.
The rising tide raises all ships and all that P dealers and meth cooks choose to do is sink those ships. Maybe not directly, but one soul at a time lost to meth is one soul too many.
This epidemic of P has to stop. The only way we do that is to collectively work together as a community, as a group or like minded individuals, with clear intentions to take a stand against illicit drugs in our world.
IMHO the Tribal Huks had the right idea, but the wrong approach. Sledge hammers and intimidation have worked, but retaliation may come, and, without the power of the law behind them, the reprisals may come unanswered. Gang war is NOT what our community needs.
What it needs is firm, anti-drug action and a strong stance against meth. Community awareness, education and timely action from the authorities with open communication to the affected communities. Meth hurts us, our families, our community and our way of life.
Collectively, we MUST stand against it.
Our way of taking this stand is in the field meth detection.
Meth Xpert NZ conduct tests on properties to determine if your home has been the victim of toxic meth contamination.
If you notify police of the results of your home, this can lead to apprehension of previous occupiers and reduce the incidence of meth in your community.
Ngaruawahia has taken a stand, there is, of course, still the issue of contaminated properties to be tested and cleaned if required and that is where we, at Meth Xpert NZ come in. Collectively, we can make a difference.