Rob Ford Saga: Cops seize the crack video

Mayor Rob Ford is pictured recently at City Hall during a meeting about Toronto's budget. (REUTERS)

Mayor Rob Ford is pictured recently at City Hall during a meeting about Toronto's budget. (REUTERS)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:20 PM ET

TORONTO - Little Mogadishu was under siege and residents believed the mayor's crack tape was to blame.

During the early dawn darkness of June 13, 42 tactical teams and hundreds of cops descended on a highrise complex, headquarters for the Dixon City Bloods.

They kicked in apartment doors, dragged suspects from their beds and carted out boxes of electronic devices.

Among more than 40 people swept up in the arrests were Mohammed Khattak and Monir Kassim, the two surviving men seen in the notorious photo with Ford, Mohamed Siad and Siyadin Abdi, who, according to police documents, tried to sell the video and Liban Siyad and Abdullahi Harun, who police said were wiretapped talking about supplying drugs to the mayor.

Project Traveller, though, wasn't about Ford. In the works long before the crack video allegations were made, its mandate was to shut down the Rexdale gang suspected of running guns from Detroit.


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