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Closing submissions today at Lisi drug trial

Alexander (Sandro) Lisi arrives at court in Toronto on Friday, March 6 2015. .
Alexander (Sandro) Lisi arrives at court in Toronto on Friday, March 6 2015. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO – Closing submissions are to begin today in a Toronto courtroom at the drug trial of Rob Ford’s driver.

The defence said Tuesday it would call no witnesses to rebut the Crown’s case against Alexander (Sandro) Lisi and co-accused Jamshid (Jay) Bahrami, owner of a Toronto dry cleaners.

Both men are charged with cannabis trafficking. Lisi is also charged with possession of a small quantity of marijuana while Bahrami is charged with cocaine possession. They have pleaded not guilty.

Lisi, 36, had $900 in marked police money when arrested – allegedly from an undercover officer’s purchase of 220 grams of pot in Bahrami’s store.

Bahrami, 49, who has a severe and painful arthritic condition, was licensed to have and grow medicinal marijuana. Court heard a tiny amount of cocaine was found in his store.

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Ontario Court Justice Ramez Khawly refused to allow in-depth cross-examination of the police officer who swore a 476-page document used to support the search warrants in the case.