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  • Allegations that the Canadian mayor had  been caught on camera puffing on a crack pipe first surfaced in May, sparking a  surveillance investigation
  • Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair today  confirmed forensics had obtained a copy of the video and that it is ‘consistent  with what has been previously described in various media reports’ 
  • In another twist, Ford’s friend and  former driver, Alexander Lisi, an alleged drug dealer, has been taken into  custody and charged with extortion in relation to the video
  • Documents show Ford and Lisi exchanged  349 phone calls between Aug. 7 and Sept. 19 and had at least 100 meetings, where  they would often exchange a bag or parcel
  • Ford faces press conference and vows to  remain in his position as Toronto Mayor, but walks off when reporters ask  questions

By  Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 11:41 EST, 31  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 16:12 EST, 31 October 2013

Police have confirmed they have obtained a  long-reported video that appears to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford using crack  cocaine.

The explosive allegation has been made public  following the release of documents that form the basis of a major drug  investigation.

Police say they rummaged through the garbage  of the major of Canada’s largest city and conducted an extensive surveillance  operation to monitor him and close friend Alexander Lisi, Ford’s sometime  driver, who has been charged with marijana trafficking and  possession.

Ford first faced allegations in May that he  had been caught on video puffing from a glass crack pipe.

While he denies the video exists, two  reporters from the Toronto Star said they have seen it.

Both the Star and US website  claimed they had been offered to buy the video, which was taken on a cell phone  and has not been released publicly.

Police said Ford was put under surveillance  after the allegations were made.

Forensics have since the located a ‘digital  file’ of the video from a hard drive after it had been deleted.


Toronto Police Service released documents this morning  that show police surveillance photos of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (left) and  Alexander Lisi, Ford’s friend and occasional driver, making repeated meetings.  In the meetings they would exchange bags or parcels and would often not  acknowledge each other. The investigation started after two media outlets  alleged the existence of a video showing the Mayor using crack cocaine, which  police now claim they have



Toronto Mayor Rob Ford yells at reporters and  photographers to get off of his property in front of his house in Toronto  October 31, 2013. Ford denied allegations earlier this year that he was caught  smoking crack cocaine on camera. Police have now confirmed the video exists

Rob Ford 

Evidence: This widespread image of Rob Ford is allegedly  connected to the crack cocaine video




Toronto Mayor Rob Ford yells at reporters and  photographers to get off of his property in front of his house in Toronto today.  Ford denied allegations earlier this year that he was caught smoking crack  cocaine on camera. Police have now confirmed the video exists


Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said the  video is ‘consistent with what had been previously described in various media  reports’.

‘I think it’s fair to say the mayor does  appear in that video but I’m not going to get into the detail of what activities  is depicted in that video,’ Chief Blair said in a news conference at a police  headquarters.

Chief Blair said he was ‘disappointed’ after  viewing the video.

In another twist, Lisi, already facing drug  charges, has been taken into custody today and charged with  extortion.

Police said ‘the accused made extortive  efforts to retrieve a recording’.

The documents also show Ford receiving  suspicious packages from Lisi on several occasions, some which were caught on  camera and released to the media.

‘Lisi approached the driver’s side of the  Mayor’s vehicle with a small white gift bag in hand; he then walked around to  the passenger side and got on board,’ reads one document dated July 30, 2013.

‘After a few minutes Lisi exited the Escalade  empty handed and walked back to his Range Range Rover.’

Another dated July 28 says Lisi ‘constantly  used counter surveillance techniques’ when he met with Ford that  day.

On August 13 documents say Lisi and Ford met  and ‘made their way into a secluded area of the adjacent woods where they were  obscured from surveillance efforts and stayed for approximately one  hour’.

Police documented Lisi exchanging several  phone calls with Ford, using  four different numbers to reach him.

Starting Aug. 7,  when police began tracking  the phone numbers of calls to and from Lisi’s cellphone, until Sept. 19, Ford  and Lisi exchanged 349 phone calls.

Ford recently vouched for Lisi in a separate  criminal case, praising his leadership skills in a letter filed with the court.

The letter was part of a report prepared by a  probation officer after Lisi was convicted of threatening to kill a  woman.

Bill Blair 

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair speaks at a news  conference in Toronto today, confirming police are in possession of the alleged  video that reportedly depicts Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine


At the centre: This is the man placed under surveillance  by police, which then lead them to start to investigate Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.  Alexander ‘Sandro’ Lisi was already facing drug charges for marijuana  trafficking and possession when he was taken into custody today and charged with  extortion in relation a video that allegedly shows Ford using crack cocaine  Alexander Lisi, friend and occasional driver of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, leaves  Old City Hall court in Toronto after being granted bail on drug charges  Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Lisi, 35, has been charged with trafficking and  possession of marijuana, Toronto police say. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,  Nathan Denette)




Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has not yetresponded to the  documents released by police today


Ford angrily yelled at reporters today to get  off his property during a heated exchange before he left his house in the  morning.

He didn’t respond to numerous questions about  the allegations.

Ford said previously that he was shocked when  Lisi was arrested earlier this month, calling him a ‘good guy’ and saying he  doesn’t abandon his friends.

The documents also say that Payman  Aboodowleh, a volunteer football coach at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School,  where Ford coached the team, told police that Lisi met Ford through him.

He told police he was ‘mad at Lisi because he  was fuelling the mayor’s drug abuse’, the document says.

Ford former staffer, Chris Fickel, told  police he didn’t know where Ford got marijuana from, but ‘has heard that  ‘Sandro’, Lisi’s nickname, may be the person who provides the mayor with  marijuana and possibly cocaine,’ the document alleges.

However, Fickel added, he has never seen Lisi  provide the mayor with drugs. The mayor would call Fickle and tell him to tell  ‘Sandro’ that ‘I need to see him,’ Fickle told police.

Facing a press conference at his office this  afternoon, Ford said he wouldn’t step down from his position.

He did not take questions from  reporters.

‘I think everybody has seen the allegations  against me today,’ he said.

‘I wish I could come out and defend myself,  unfortunately I can’t, ’cause it’s before the court and that’s all I can say  right now.

‘I have no reason to resign, I’m going to go  back and return my phone calls, gonna be out doing what the people elected me to  do and that’s save taxpayers money and run a great government.’

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