Duo charged with taking over apartment to deal drugs
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.