Friday, June 14, 2013

 

Canada:Toronto raid linked to mayor's purported crack video

Police made 43 arrests and seized 40 guns and $3 million worth of drugs and $570,000 in cash.

TORONTO — Police conducted a series of early-morning raids Thursday targeting an apartment complex linked to a video purportedly showing the mayor of Toronto smoking crack cocaine.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
AP Photos: The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette. Toronto police raids included a building complex where reporters claim drug dealers showed them a photo of Mayor Rob Ford smocking crack. 

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said 43 arrests have been made targeting a gang called the Dixon City Bloods or Dixon Goonies. Police seized 40 guns, $3 million worth of drugs and $570,000 cash.

The raid included a building complex where reporters claim drug dealers showed them a cellphone video of Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.

Blair refused to comment further on any evidence seized, saying it will come out in court. He would not say if there was any connection to Ford.

Related: Mayor's alleged 'crack house' revealed

Ford thanked police for doing a great job with the raids, calling it good police work.

An annoyed Ford later brushed past a throng of reporters as he left his office on Thursday.

"I've answered so many questions. I don't know if you guys can't get it through your thick skulls. Seriously, I've already answered all these questions. I've got nothing to do with this. I congratulate the police on doing their work," Ford said.

Ford has said the video does not exist, but the mayor of Canada's largest city has never said he has never smoked crack.

Related: Gawker crowdsources money for alleged video of Toronto mayor

The Toronto Star has reported that two reporters watched a video that appears to show the 300-pound mayor sitting in a chair and inhaling from what appears to be a crack pipe. The Star said it did not obtain the video or pay to watch it.

The video has not been released publicly. Reports on gossip website Gawker and in the Toronto Star said it was taken by men who said they had sold drugs to Ford. The Associated Press hasn't seen the video.

Gawker and the Star said the video was shown to them by a drug dealer who had been trying to sell it for a six-figure sum.

CTV News reported Thursday that an unnamed source told them police were investigating the possible existence of such a video weeks before it was reported by the Star and Gawker.

Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, a close ally of Ford, said it was unlikely the police raids had anything to do with the mayor.

"The police say they were planned months ago, and it's an extensive raid. It's not just to do with that set of buildings in Etobicoke, it's throughout the (Greater Toronto Area), involving other police forces," Holyday said.AP


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