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This vigilante dad is trying to end heroin overdoses by intimidating drug dealers

This vigilante dad is trying to end heroin overdoses by intimidating drug dealers

This segment originally aired Jan. 13, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

New Jersey police pulled John Cramsey over outside the Holland Tunnel one day last June. Inside his truck, they found a cache of weapons. Cramsey told the cops that he was an anti-heroin activist on his way to Brooklyn to save a young girl from a drug den.

“I buried my baby girl back in February, 20 years old,” Cramsey said while speaking to a group of teens in Allentown, Pennsylvania. “We’re burying you kids way too quick. You have to save your generation before we lose them.”

After his daughter’s death, of a heroin overdose, Cramsey sought revenge against all heroin dealers. He began posting pictures of himself in tactical gear alongside intimidating messages on Facebook.

His critics contend that Cramsey is no hero and that the most he ever does is drive addicts to rehab facilities. Still, he says he’ll continue with his campaign against drug dealers.

“Don’t worry about the blue and red lights after you. Worry about us angry dads,” Cramsey said.

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