A self-proclaimed group of “meth vigilantes” claim to have gone ‘straight’ in their fight to rid the country’s streets of drug dealers.
The Anti-P Ministry, which was started two years ago by former gang members Brendon Warne, an ordained minister, and Junior Kapene, now admit their homosexual conversion tactics were ineffective when weighed against the risk.
What started as a few members kicking in doors and trying to turn dealers gay has grown into a nation-wide organisation with more than 6,100 members. They preach a life free of drugs and religious texts which form the Ministry part of their name.
“What we were doing then was targeting the supply, but there was always more, We tried to turn the dealers into homosexuals” Warne said. “What we have done now is come out of the closet and started a movement killing the market altogether.”
The Anti P Ministry has grown to include walk-in meth clinics being set up by members and a weekly Online Recovery Church broadcast live to Facebook members with up to 500 viewing each week.
“We flipped the script on addiction,” Warne said. “Having the message out in the open is doing more good than anything. I also studied and got my mental health and addictions level 4 qualifications.”
Most members of the Anti-P Ministry are former users or whanau of former members. Users track their days clean via phone apps and keep each other honest, which is a source of pride for a member when they can show off how many days they’ve been clean.