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article imageToronto Mayor Rob Ford's driver arrested on drug charges

By Marcus Hondro     Oct 2, 2013 in Crime
Sandro Lisi, a Toronto man who has driven for Mayor Rob Ford and is alleged to have sought a video in which Ford is purportedly shown to be smoking crack, was arrested by police on Tuesday evening. At the same Etobicoke location another man was arrested.
“The guy was just driving him around,” Toronto Councillor Gary Crawford, a strong political ally of Ford, told media Wednesday morning. “So, I mean, if that’s all he was doing, that’s fine. But we’ll have to see what these charges are, what the extent of it is.”
The Toronto Star has learned that Lisi, 35, has been charged with "marijuana trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence." Also arrested was Jamshid Bahrami, 47, who owns Richview Cleaners, a dry-cleaning shop in the Richview Plaza where the two arrests took place. Mr. Bahrami has been charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of cocaine and with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
On trial of alleged Rob Ford crack video
Mr. Lisi has been reported to have sought a much-talked about video in which Mayor Ford is reputed to be shown smoking crack cocaine with two figures from Toronto's drug world; there was also a widely distributed photo of Mayor Ford with the two standing outside a Etobicoke home with their arms around one another. One of those men, Anthony Smith, 21, who shot dead in Toronto last March; Smith's murder remains unsolved.
The story has taken numerous turns, such as multiple resignations from the Mayor's office including his former-chief of staff, reported to have told police the Mayor himself sought the video. To date, however, Mayor Ford has not been charged with any crime.
There was a major drug sweep in a complex of apartment buildings in Etobicoke where the mayor is reported to have spent time, including the very home in which the alleged video was made and an apartment in which the video may have been kept. More than 40 people were arrested, 40 firearms were seized and some $3 million worth of drugs confiscated.
Mayor Ford addressed the allegations that he is seen with two men smoking crack cocaine in a video with a statement in a May press conference: “I do not use crack cocaine nor am I an addict of crack cocaine," the mayor said. "As for a video, I can’t comment on a video I have never seen or does not exist.”
Mr. Lisi, who was never on the city's payroll as a driver of the mayor, has been previously reported as someone who bragged he had sold drugs to the mayor. Mr. Lisi and Mr. Bahrami were to appear in a Toronto courtroom Wednesday afternoon.
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