TORONTO ó 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 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. Blair would not say if there was any connection to Ford.
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.
ďIíve answered so many questions. I donít know if you guys canít get it through your thick skulls. Seriously, Iíve already answered all these questions. Iíve got nothing to do with this. I congratulate the police on doing their work,Ē Ford said.
Ford has said the video does not exist, but the mayor of Canadaís largest city has never said he has never smoked crack.
The Toronto Star has reported that two reporters watched a video that appears to show the 300-pound (135-kilogram) mayor, sitting in a chair, 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 hasnít 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 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.
ďThe police say they were planned months ago, and itís an extensive raid, itís not just to do with that set of buildings in Etobicoke, itís throughout the GTA, involving other police forces,Ē Holyday said.MORE IN Wire NewsBAGHDAD ó Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants for a third day on Tuesday in a remote... Full StorySAN FRANCISCO ó A federal judge approved the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. Full StoryWASHINGTON ó Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obamaís health care... Full Story
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