Fearsome gang leader drug tests 600 soldiers as meth re-ignites deadly turf war

While shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'The Sopranos' glamourise the world of drugs and violence, the reality behind turf wars is nothing short of terrifying.

The streets of New Zealand are slowly descending into chaos amid rivalries over crystal meth distribution.

With legalities thrown out of the window and with huge finances on the line, the battle between gangs often spills over, making the drug underworld an unsafe and potentially fatal environment to work in.

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Making it to the top of the game requires criminal genius, a twisted sense of ethics and an unrelenting determination to do whatever it takes to avoid capture and bring in the money.

And while there are many gangs all desperate for that number one spot, just two groups stand out from the pack.

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Having scraped their way to the pinnacle of the business, The Mongrel Mob and Black Power have taken over the scene like sharks in a small pond, decimating any small fry that stand in their way.

However, rather than operating alongside one another in harmony, they share an attitude of 'These streets aren't big enough for the both of us'.

With gang numbers growing at the fastest rates since the 70s due to the enormous sums of cash on the table, the rival gangs are going toe-to-toe for supremacy, with plenty of bloodshed in the process.

For decades, the gangs have developed a reputation for violence, utilising their hundreds of footsoldiers, to try and wipe each other out.

One of The Mongrel Mob wing's leaders, Sonny Fatu, even went to prison for tutoring another human being.

Regardless, he's out walking the streets today and regularly appears in interviews, recently speaking to Samoa Media NZ on a programme, entitled 'New Zealand's Deadliest Gangs'.

Living in a complex secured with CCTV cameras, Fatu enforces a strict drug testing policy on his 600 soldiers to ensure they are not high on crystal meth.

Discussing the rivalry, he explained: "It's all about protecting your brotherhood. On top of all that was the oppression that came from society. We had one of our members, unfortunately, killed by The Black Power. When is it ever going to stop?"

When asked if he's ever committed murder, he gave an interesting response.

He claimed: "I haven't killed anyone with my hands; I've given a few people facelifts because they wanted to bring it on, so I did what I had to do.

"This is why I feel like I have nothing to prove; I don't need to show the in-shape people that I am the bad a**. All I want to do now is heal our people."

He's claimed that he's turned his back on violence and drugs. However, the struggle to control the meth trade still rumbles on.

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