London man charged after replica gun, drugs seized at White Oaks Mall

White Oaks Mall entrance, September 6, 2017. Matthew Trevithick / Global News

A 39-year-old London man is facing drugs and weapons charges after allegedly bringing a replica gun into White Oaks Mall last week.

Mall security staff told police they saw a man walking around with a large knife in his pocket. He was asked to leave the knife in his car before he could return to the mall. Security noticed a gun in the waistband of the man’s pants.

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The suspect fled the mall and headed northbound toward Bradley Avenue when police were called.

He was arrested a short time later, and police say they discovered a replica handgun, knife, brass knuckles and numerous small baggies containing suspected cocaine and fentanyl.

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Nobody was injured during the incident.

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The accused faces multiple charges including two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a probation order and three counts of possession of a schedule I substance for trafficking.

He is scheduled to appear in court on June 4.

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