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Deadline looms in Ngaruawahia

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/10/2016

The deadline is approaching for a gang leader's threat to remove P dealers from the Waikato town of Ngaruawahia.

At a community meeting discussing crime in the area on Thursday night, Tribal Huks president Jamie Pink made an ultimatum to those selling meth to leave the town by 6.30pm on Friday.

Patched gang members have been out in numbers and congregating around the town, with some store owners being told to stop selling small plastic bags, NZME reports.

But police say they're prepared to respond seriously to any reports of threats or violence.

Senior Sergeant Mike Henwood said police didn't condone threats and said any concerns about drug dealers should be passed onto officers.

"We reinforce people should not take matters into their own hands," he said.

Mr Pink has previously made headlines as a philanthropist, when his "sandwich gang" last year starting giving free school lunches to children in the area and later put $20,000 behind an plan to expand the initiative across the country.

In 2008, he was sentenced to six months home detention after busting into a drug dealer's home with a sledgehammer, in what was described as an act of vigilantism against meth.

Mr Pink was nominated in the local hero section of the New Zealander of the year awards in 2015.

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