TORONTO –Rob Ford plans to remain mayor of Toronto. He maintains he isn’t an alcoholic or addicted to drugs and has only smoked crack cocaine once about a year ago, “in one of my drunken stupors.”
But newly released police documents containing allegations that haven’t been proven in court paint a picture of a man who has used illegal drugs within the last seven months.
Here’s a look at key interactions by players in the Ford saga, according to the Toronto Police Project Traveller and Sandro Lisi investigations. The timeline includes alleged conversations on or related to the events of April 20, 2013.
March 26, 2013 – The Toronto Star publishes a story that Ford was asked to leave the Toronto Garrison Ball held Feb. 23 “because organizers were concerned he was impaired.”
March 27 1:16 p.m. – Mohamed Siad receives a call from Siyadin Abdi, who said their “friend” (believed to be Mayor Rob Ford) was on TV again. Siad and Abdi talk about Ford going to a party and getting kicked out “because he was intoxicated,” say the documents. The two men then discuss plans to sell a video.
“Remember that day he said that in front of me?” asked Siad.
“Ya, he said I’ll give you five thousand and a car. What the f—k is that?,” said Abdi. Police believe this refers to an offer made by Ford in exchange for a video.
Siad then told Abdi he would meet Ford and ask for “150” (believed by police to mean $150,000). When Abdi said the video could be sold to “both the Star and the other website,” Siad said he preferred to meet Ford personally. Abdi advised against this as “Siad would be putting himself in jeopardy.” Siad repeated he doesn’t want to go to media and prefers to meet Ford.
April 20, 2013 “…because Rob Ford wants some drugs”
12:52 a.m. – Liban Siyad calls 15 Windsor Rd. Siyad speaks to an unknown female believed to be Elena Basso, also known as “Princess.” Basso has a criminal history of drug trafficking and possession as well as prostitution.
Police allege the woman tells Siyad Rob Ford is at her residence and to come over quickly. Siyad agrees. The call lasts one minute and six seconds.
(In an interview with police months later, Siyad “denied being the voice on the intercepts that investigators played for him,” according to the documents.)
12:54 a.m. – Abdullahi Harun calls Siyad and tells Siyad to go to Princess’s house “because Rob Ford wants some drugs.”
Siyad says he already knew, since Basso just called him.
12:59 a.m. – Siyad calls “KK,” believed to be Abdirahaman Mohamed. “KK” tells “Frankie” he is going to “deal with Rob Ford right now.”
2:18 a.m. – Siyad calls Harun, who says he had Ford smoking on the “dugga” (marijuana) and “so much pictures” of Ford doing “hezza” (heroin).
Siyad told him to take a picture of that because of what it would be worth.
“Harun says that the picture did not go through,” reads the document.
4:23 a.m. – 5:07 a.m. – Lisi calls Ford’s cell phone 19 times, but a connection only lasts between two and 11 seconds. Lisi also calls Fabio Basso’s cell phone twice.
The police documents say investigators believe Siyad “or someone” had Ford’s cell and that Lisi was calling “possibly in an effort for the person who has it to pick it up.”
5:51 a.m. – Siyad calls an unknown number and says Ford was “smoking his rocks” and that he would put a photo up on Instagram. The call lasts 57 minutes and 34 seconds.
10:04 a.m. – Lisi calls Ford’s phone; the call lasts one second.
PHOTOS 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Though it’s unclear what time Ford arrives and how long he stays, he participates in the third annual “Mayor’s Community Cleanup” event at Colonel Samuel Smith Park with community groups, residents and school children.
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Ford told director of logistics and operations David Price that he lost his personal cellphone, wasn’t sure where it was, and “was pretty sure that it was not in his car or at his house,” Price told police in a June 19 interview.
Ex-staffer George Christopoulos told police Ford said he lost his phone at the cleanup event, and “may have placed it on the hood of the car and it slid off…it was lost from Saturday until Monday or Tuesday,” according to his June 18 interview with police.
Price told police he bought Ford a new phone and gave it to him; Ford’s “lost” phone was deactivated and the new phone was activated that same day.
“Sometime the following week Price was asked to return that new phone because the lost phone was found. This was probably the middle of the week,” according to the documents.
Ford’s phone was never reported stolen or lost to police.
11:37 a.m. – Siyad receives a call from a number believed to be Alexander Lisi, aka “Dro.” Lisi says he was “one of the guys at Elena’s house last night” and accuses Siyad and his friend of stealing Ford’s phone, according to the documents.
“’Dro’ explained that Rob is freaking out because he needs his phone. Siyad said he would get in touch with his friend and get the phone back. ‘Dro’ threatened that if he did not get the phone back that the Mayor would put heat on Dixon.”
12:21 p.m. – Siyad receives a call from Lisi and tells him nobody has the phone and to ask “Fab” (likely Fabio Basso, another resident of 15 Windsor Rd.). Lisi says he doesn’t care and will see Siyad in a few minutes.
1:01 p.m. – Siyad calls an unknown male (known as “Juice man”) and discusses what they’ll say when returning Ford’s phone.
Siyad asks Juice man if he should say he thought it was Fab’s phone and took it by accident, but Juice man says no.
“Another man takes Juicemans [sic] phone and tells Siyad to make sure that he makes it clear when he gives the phone back that it’s not because of the cop’s [sic]. Siyad advises he didn’t like being threatened and that they have a picture of Rob Ford on a pipe. The other male advises that they love and respect Rob Ford but they have Rob Ford on a lot of f—ked up situations and they don’t wanna say anything.”
The police documents say that according to the above, Juice man and Lisi are connected.
“They were not pleased with the threats and indicated that they have a picture of Ford ‘on a pipe’ (believed to be a crack pipe), and therefore will not tolerate his threats,” read the documents.
1:22 p.m. – Siyad receives a call from Lisi, who says he would give Siyad “spliffs” (marijuana) in exchange for the phone, police allege. They agree to meet at a Country Style Donut shop.
1:44 p.m. – Lisi receives a call from Ford’s home number.
3:01 p.m. – Ahmed Dirie receives a call from Mohamed Omar, who says he was just with Siyad and they gave back Ford’s phone.
“Omar and Juice-man got Rob Ford’s phone. Omar said they are just at Amigo’s house and that Siyad and K are there,” say the documents.
4:02 p.m. – Siyad calls 15 Windsor Rd. and speaks to a woman believed to be Basso, police documents say. He tells her that Ford found his phone.
5:31 p.m. – Siyad calls an unknown man and speaks to him about “receiving marihuana from Rob Ford’s driver/security guard,” the documents state. Siyad says he got “1.5 of kush,” which is slang for marijuana, though the measurement is unclear. Siyad tells the man he was drinking with Ford last night “at Melissas [sic] house around twelve o’clock.”
April 21 at 11:25 a.m. – Ford’s cell calls Lisi.
May 21 at 4:06 a.m. Harun is shot on the 17th floor of 320 Dixon. Paramedics treat and he is transported to Sunnybrook Hospital where he told police he was drinking alone and doesn’t know what happened to him.
Harun added that Siyad helped him down the elevators after he called him for help. But Harun “was unable to produce the cellular phone he called Siyad with,” police documents read.
May 30, 2013 – Abdi receives a call from Abdinaim Hussein. Abdi tells him he and Ahmed Farah “kidnapped” Mohamed Siad between 7 a.m.-8 a.m. the day before.
However, a review of interceptions on Siad’s line during the morning of May 29 show his phone stayed in the area of his residence, and just after 8:30 a.m. a text was sent from his phone within his apartment.
“There were no interceptions that confirmed that he was kidnapped,” say the documents.
June 13, 2013 – Police arrest Siyadin Abdi, 29, Ahmed Abdullahi, 23, Ahmed Dirie, 20,
Ahmed Farah, 30, Abdullahi Harun, 22, Abdinaim Hussein, 26, Mohamed Siad, 27, Liban Siyad, 22, along with 36 others as part of the Project Traveller Raids.
In depth: The Rob Ford saga
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