London police lay charges after pair allegedly took over Mornington Avenue apartment to traffic drugs

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Charges have been laid after police allege two men took over a Mornington Avenue apartment and used it as a base to traffic drugs.

Investigators say the rightful residents of the apartment reported that they were threatened several times and were eventually forced out of the apartment.

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Police were initially contacted on Monday, and sent officers to search the apartment early Tuesday.

Two suspects were arrested, and police say they recovered various items from the apartment, including a loaded semi-automatic handgun, 9mm rounds, a prohibited over capacity 9mm magazine, and drugs valued at $8,870. Police say the drugs included:

  • 12.5 grams of fentanyl
  • 19 grams of methamphetamine
  • 5 grams of psilocybin (magic mushrooms)
  • 67 methylphenidate pills (Ritalin)

A 43-year-old London man and a 55-year-old London man have been jointly charged with:

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  • Possession of a loaded firearm
  • Possession of a restricted firearm no licence
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm
  • Possession of a prohibited device no lawful authority (namely, the over-capacity magazine)
  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking

The 43-year-old is also charged with five counts of uttering threats and one count of failure to comply with recognizance.

The 55-year-old is also charged with:

  • Three counts of uttering threats
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Possession of a loaded, restricted firearm when prohibited
  • Carrying a concealed weapon

The two men are expected to appear in court in London Tuesday.

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