Rob Ford Saga: A race for the infamous crack video

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talks to his receptionist before leaving his office just after 3pm on...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford talks to his receptionist before leaving his office just after 3pm on Thursday January 23, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:58 PM ET

For some, like the media and the alleged gangsters hoping to cash in, it was the pot of gold and Eldorado all rolled into one.

For Mayor Rob Ford, the elusive crack video was a ticking time bomb.

An hour after Gawker's explosive story appeared online May 16, Ford's good friend Alexander Lisi was on the phone making frantic calls to assorted shady characters in Ford's underworld life. Through the night and into the morning, according to police surveillance records, he made repeated calls to Fabio Basso, owner of the Windsor Rd. home where it was believed to have been shot, and to video seller Mohamed Siad. He and David Price, Ford's logistics director, were talking as well.

Ford and Lisi were also in constant communication — according to police intercepts, exchanging 13 texts and phone calls that night alone.

Lisi was on a mission, police claim.


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