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Mayor Rob Ford’s Occasional Driver Charged With Drug Offenses

Alexander "Sandro" Lisi was arrested for alleged pot trafficking, among other things.

Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, Mayor Rob Ford’s friend and occasional driver, was arrested last night at a dry cleaners in Etobicoke, and now we know what the charges are. There are four of them, all related to drugs.

A Toronto Police Service press release [PDF] lists them as follows:

  • Traffic in Marihuana, under
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime
  • Possession of Marihuana, under
  • Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence

Lisi was arrested with another man, Jamshid Bahrami, who is reportedly the owner of the dry cleaners. Bahrami is charged with three offences, including possession of cocaine.

In August, the Star reported that Lisi and other Rob Ford associates were under police investigation for attempting to retrieve the infamous cellphone video—the one almost nobody has seen, but that reportedly appears to show Ford smoking crack.

Lisi isn’t officially on the City’s payroll, but he has been spotted driving the mayor around on several occasions, including on the night of February’s Garrison Ball, when an intoxicated Ford is said to have been asked to leave the party.

The police have said that they won’t be commenting on these arrests, but the officer whose name is on the press release, Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux, is the same guy who has been investigating the alleged attempts to recover the video.


  • glenn_storey

    “Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience stands He waiting, with exactness grinds He all.”
    ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • OgtheDim

    Cue the: “But Justin says it should be legalised so all you lefties are such hypocrites” comments.

    Speaking of which, do we know how much Lisi has been selling or got caught with? And strange his associate is up for cocaine and he isn’t.

    • dsmithhfx

      Would it be cynical to speculate the TPS are topping up their budget negotiating war chest? I bet Lisi sure has some interesting stories about the Ford clan.

      • Lee Zamparo

        It would be cynical.

        • dsmithhfx

          “Later, when asked if he’s worried about police surveillance on Mr. Lisi potentially picking up his communication with him, the mayor simply shook his head and remained silent.

          [...] Councillor Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother, had no comment on Wednesday morning. “I’ve never met this person. I don’t know him,” he said at city hall. “I’ve never talked to the guy and I support the police investigation.””

    • hawk777

      I think the associate just had some coke on him at the time he was arrested. He was just charged with possession.

  • vampchick21

    Hmmm… the Star article about the arrest:

    “Following a budget committee meeting at city hall, Councillor Doug Ford was asked about Lisi’s arrest and his connections to the mayor.

    “I have no comment, I’ve never met this person. I don’t know him, never talked to him in my life, so I can’t comment.” ”

    Doug also told Joe Warmington that Rob was on a plane to Austin this morning. And yet magically he appeared at a fucking gas station for the press conference about this. Also accused the police of leaking the info on the arrest.