Documents reveal police think Rob Ford involved in drug trafficking, extortion

Mayor Rob Ford heads back to City Hall after shooting a show with a British camera crew on March...

Mayor Rob Ford heads back to City Hall after shooting a show with a British camera crew on March 19, 2014. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Michele Mandel, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

TORONTO -- The noose is tightening around Mayor Rob Ford.

The latest batch of court documents may not be shatteringly new, but they confirm what we have all long surmised: Toronto Police are probing whether the embattled mayor of this city was involved in "drug trafficking" and extortion.

Are we finally nearing the end? Are charges the next, seemingly inevitable step?

In the pages released by the court Wednesday, Project Brazen 2 detectives offer their first description of the infamous video of Ford smoking what they believe is a "narcotic." They then ask a Toronto judge for a warrant to access the mayor's text messages and phone records as well as those of his close associates to see if they were involved in the attempted "retrieval" of the damaging cellphone footage from suspected members of the Dixon City Bloods.

His good friend and part-time driver, Alexander Lisi, is already charged with extortion in his alleged efforts to strong arm the video back from the Dixon City Bloods who recorded it.

Police seem to be zeroing in on whether Lisi was acting on the mayor's instructions. What role, if any, did Ford play in trying to obtain the incriminating video?

Detectives are also seeking the mayor's texts and phone records to find out if Ford was buying drugs during those frequent, mysterious meetings with Lisi. "Throughout this investigation it has been established that Alexander Lisi and Mayor Ford call and meet each other on a regular basis.

"Some of these communications and meetings have been indicative to that of drug trafficking," the document alleges.

Lisi, of course, is already facing drug trafficking charges.

And if Lisi knows anything about the mayor, it appears he has not rolled on him. According to the documents, police say he has refused to be interviewed.

So they are seeking his phone records as well. Police have already gone to Apple headquarters to get access to the stored data from Lisi's iPhone but now want the records from a second, flip phone as well.

As for Ford, detectives want access to his cellphone and his Onstar car phone in his Cadillac Escalade from Feb. 17, 2013 -- the day police say he was filmed smoking what appears to be a "narcotic" -- and May 26, 2013.

"It is unknown if anyone attempted to contact Mayor Ford in relation to the sale of the video," the new documents state. "However a Project Traveller intercept between two individuals shows that Mayor Ford may have tried to purchase the video. The production order may show if any one of these individuals or anyone else contacted Mayor Ford within that same time frame."

Police say they are seeking "communication data that would be relevant to our investigation as it pertains to the retrieval of Mayor Ford's cellphone or video depicting Mayor Ford consuming what appears to be a narcotic."

They didn't know it at the time, but police had the notorious video in hand on June 13, 2013, during the Project Traveller guns and gangs sweep in the Dixon neighbourhood.

Police seized seven cellphones and a laptop from the home of accused gang member Mohamed Siad -- the man we later learned had recorded the crack video and then tried to sell it. But forensic detectives didn't get around to examining the evidence until Oct. 29.

It would prove to be a decisive day in the life of the mayor.


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