Ratbag mayor appears to have used more than just crack

Rob Ford appears to have used more than just crack cocaine with gang members boasting of pictures of him using heroin and other drugs and considering ways to use them to blackmail him.

Gang members were heard on wiretaps discussing drug use by Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto and suggesting that he could be blackmailed, according to a police document that was released by a court on Wednesday.

Those allegations and others were contained in previously redacted portions of the 474-page police document, an affidavit that was used to obtain search warrants. Interviews and wiretaps, the Toronto police wrote, suggested that Mr. Ford regularly used drugs, possibly including heroin, and that dealers discussed blackmailing him. Last month, Mr. Ford characterized his use of crack cocaine in a now-infamous video as an aberration brought on by “one of my drunken stupors.” 

“Rob Ford wants some drugs,” the police said they overheard one gang member tell another on a wiretap. “The mayor of the city, Rob Ford, was smoking his rocks today,” another said, apparently referring to crack cocaine. Another gang member boasted on a wiretap that he had “so much pictures of Rob Ford doing the hezza,” a slang term for heroin.

It appeared from the document that the mayor in March tried to buy the video of him using crack from the gang members for $5,000 plus an automobile. Wiretaps, however, show that they wanted up to $150,000.

Pity the Auckland Council can;t do what Toronto has done:

On May 17, The Toronto Star and the website Gawker reported that they had seen the video.

The Toronto City Council has stripped Mr. Ford of most of his power and most of his budget and staff. Under provincial law, it cannot remove him from office. But the release of the additional police information on Wednesday afternoon renewed calls for Mr. Ford to step down entirely.

Mr. Ford ignored reporters’ questions when he left his office, smiling, on Wednesday evening.

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