Duo charged with tak­ing over apart­ment to deal drugs

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LOCAL NEWS -

Two London men sus­pected of hav­ing taken over an apart­ment in the city’s north­east end and us­ing it as a base to sell drugs are fac­ing a string of gun- and drug-re­lated charges af­ter po­lice seized a hand­gun and nearly $9,000 in drugs Tuesday morn­ing.

London po­lice raided the Morn­ing­ton Av­enue apart­ment af­ter the oc­cu­pants of the unit re­ported Mon­day to po­lice they had been threat­ened sev­eral times and forced out of the apart­ment.

Along with a loaded semi-au­to­matic hand­gun, of­fi­cers seized nine-mil­lime­tre rounds, a pro­hib­ited over­ca­pac­ity nine-mil­lime­tre mag­a­zine and $8,870 worth of drugs, in­clud­ing 12.5 grams of fen­tanyl and 19 grams of metham­phet- amine, po­lice said.

The two men, ages 43 and 55, have been jointly charged with pos­ses­sion of a loaded firearm and two counts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, among oth­ers.

The 55-year-old London man is also charged with three counts of ut­ter­ing threats, point­ing a firearm, possess­ing a loaded re­stricted firearm when pro­hib­ited and car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon. The 43-year-old man is also charged with five counts of ut­ter­ing threats and one count of fail­ing to com­ply with re­cog­ni­zance.

The men were ex­pected to ap­pear in court Tuesday.

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