TORONTO — Toronto Police picked up 50 separate mentions of the Mayor Rob Ford crack video on wiretaps the day news of it first broke.
That is one of the facts now made public after lawyers representing the QMI Agency and other media outlets won the release Friday of some portions of two Project Brazen 2 search warrant requests filed in January and earlier this month. Portions of the documents remain under a publication ban.
According to the March 7 search warrant request for Ford friend Alexander "Sandro" Lisi's iPhone contents, police noted there were several mentions of the Ford crack video on May 17, 2013, that were captured on wiretaps during Project Traveller — a gun and gang investigation in the city.
Ford wouldn't answer questions about the details of the court documents Friday.
"You'd have to talk to my lawyer about that," he said.
The January request to obtain a search warrant also contains details about Lisi's interaction with Ford, alleged gang members and those connected to the crack video.
Police detail how Lisi's LG phone (a second phone in his possession along with his iPhone) only had eight contacts.
"Out of those eight contacts, two of the contacts found on the LG phone communicate with Lisi on April 20, 2013 (when Lisi is retrieving Mayor Ford's cellphone) and on May 17, 2013 (when Lisi is attempting to retrieve the video depicting Mayor Ford consuming a narcotic)," police stated.
The document also notes who Lisi was in touch with as news of the crack video erupted in May 2013 and in the days afterwards.
None of the allegations have been tested in court.