TORONTO ó The police investigation into Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is now looking at nine to 10 gigabytes of data from Alexander "Sandro" Lisi's cellphone.
As Ford prepares to face off with his mayoral campaign rivals on Wednesday for the first showdown of the 2014 election, another document from Project Brazen 2 was released by the courts Monday revealing that Toronto Police now have data from Lisi's iPhone 4S and are looking for evidence of extortion.
Lawyers representing QMI Agency and other media outlets successfully argued for the release of the latest document ó an information to obtain a search warrant (ITO) that was filed on March 7.
Police filed the ITO so they could get access to data, including data on the phone, in relation to Lisi's extortion charge.
Lisi ó Ford's friend and occasional driver ó was charged with extortion last October in connection with the Ford crack video.
The document reveals police obtained the data ó mostly video and audio files ó when they took Lisi's iPhone to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., last month.
Now police believe they have access to the text messages, pictures, video, audio recordings, phone access logs, and addresses from Lisi's phone.
Police state they have "reasonable grounds to believe and do believe" the phone contains video, audio recordings and photos that "will afford evidence of the offence of extortion."