Mayor Rob Ford’s friend and occasional driver Alessandro (Sandro) Lisi’s alleged attempt to swap drugs in exchange for a stolen cell phone helped start a drug trafficking investigation, according to a report in the Toronto Star.
The newspaper said that event launched Project Brazen 2, a division the guns and gangs investigation labelled Project Traveller, which lead to numerous arrests in June.
“A key thing that we’re trying to obtain is a much larger document that relates to the arrest of Mr. Lisi last week. It’s a document that we believe will shed a lot of light on it,” Kevin Donovan, one of the reporters involved in the ongoing Star investigation, told 680News.
Lisi and Jamshid Bahrami, 47, were arrested during a raid on Etobicoke on Oct. 1. Lisi was charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
The Star said Lisi initially caught the attention of police back in March when he offered marijuana in exchange for the phone. It is not known if the phone was recovered.
Although it has not been confirmed who the missing cell phone belonged to, the Star reports that the Mayor’s phone went missing around the same time. Star sources said the mayor did get his phone back.
Both the mayor’s office and police were not immediately available for comment.