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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admitted His Buddy is A Drug Dealer ?
Toronto’s ‘crack-smoking’ mayor speaks about his ‘surprise’ that his friend and driver has been arrested on drugs charges
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s friend Alexander Lisi has been arrested
- Mayor Ford says it came as a ‘surprise’
- Brings back memories of alleged video of embattled mayor using crack cocaine
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Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has another scandal on his hands after Toronto police arrested his occasional driver and security guard.
Alexander Lisi, 35, was arrested on Tuesday evening during a raid on an Etobicoke dry-cleaning store.
Mayor Rob Ford says he’s ‘very surprised’ that the man who works for him occasionally is now facing multiple drug charges.
Arrested man ‘a good guy’ Mayor Ford says of friend Sandro Lisi
Mayor Rob Ford said he was “surprised, very surprised” to learn that his friend and sometime-driver Sandro Lisi has been charged with several drug-related offences.
“He’s a good guy,” said Ford. “And I don’t throw my friends under the bus. Like I said he’s straight and narrow, never once seen the guy drink, never seen him once do drugs.”
Rob Ford’s friend faces drug charges
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with Alexander Lisi, right, in an Air Canada Centre elevator with unidentified hockey fans during a Maple Leafs-Bruins game Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (JOE WARMINGTON/QMI Agency Files)
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Sandro Lisi, a friend and occasional driver to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, was charged Wednesday with possession and trafficking of marijuana, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and possession of the proceeds of crime.
In a statement, Toronto police said they made the arrests when executing a search warrant in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.
Lisi is described in reports as a member of Ford’s entourage, but does not serve an official role in the mayor’s office.
He has been charged with trafficking and possession marijuana and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
Yesterday, Mayor Ford held a brief news conference at a gas station near his home telling reporters that he considers Lisi ‘a friend.’
Ford said he was ‘very surprised’ by the charges, but said he could not say much else because the matter ‘is before the courts.’
Lisi was released on $5,000 bail along with Jamshid Bahrami, who is reportedly the owner of the dry cleaners.
Bahrami is charged with three offenses, including possession of cocaine.
Both men are scheduled to appear in court on November 12th.
Scandal: A still image allegedly taken from the video given to the Globe and Mail and Gawker.com purportedly shows Ford with two men, one of whom is believed to have been murdered over the videoLisi’s name first came to public attention in August, when it was reported that he and other associates of Rob Ford were under investigation for their alleged efforts to retrieve a well-known but little-seen cellphone video that reportedly appears to show Ford smoking crack.
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Ford was consumed by a sea of media speculation in May of this year after rumors of the video surfaced, but he adamantly claimed that it didn’t exist.
A still image – allegedly taken from the video – purportedly shows Ford with three men.
The mayor has been embroiled in almost weekly controversies about his behavior since being elected in 2010.
The Toronto Star reported earlier this year that the mayor was asked to leave a gala fundraiser for wounded Canadian soldiers because he appeared intoxicated.
During his campaign for mayor, Rob Ford vehemently denied a 1999 arrest for marijuana possession in Florida, but later acknowledged it was true after he was presented with evidence.
He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and failing to give a breath sample to police.
While in office, he has been accused of flouting conflict of interest rules and making obscene gestures at residents from his car.
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Videos uploaded online describe Ford as “drunk” and “wasted” and a request for comment from the mayor’s office garnered no response on Saturday. However, on his Sunday radio show Ford co-hosts with his brother Doug, the mayor admitted to having had “a couple beers.”
Ford was arrested on charges of drunk driving and marijuana possession in Florida in 1999, and the Toronto Star has previously reported about the “open secret at city hall that the mayor has battled alcohol abuse.”
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