WARNING: THIS STORY CONTAINS REFERENCES TO DRUG USE AND SUICIDE THAT MAY BE DISTRESSING AND/OR TRIGGERING FOR SOME READERS.


Napier man Rangi Pou got his first taste of methamphetamine at the age of 14.

By 15 he'd become an active user, had left home, and had joined a gang.

Hooked on the drug, he started soliciting his friends to become couriers and sellers, and selling them the dream of a lucrative drug business.

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"Money, cars, gold watches, houses, you can have anything you want," he told them.

He was wrong.

Aged 28, Pou is now an ordained pastor in Napier

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