During an elaborate interview on Friday, Toronto’s police chief Bill Blair confessed that he was informed about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s alleged involvement with drugs and dealings with a gang as early as one month sooner than the veteran officers launched a sweeping investigation in May into accusations that the mayor was videotaped smoking crack cocaine.
During the interview, Chief Blair alleged that he was kept in the loop about the developments and evidence accumulating throughout a major gang probe known as Project Traveller, which mainly included events on April 20 this year, when a member of the Dixon City Bloods was summoned to a bungalow in Etobicoke at 12:52 a.m. to allegedly provide drugs to the mayor. However, the Chief mentioned that decision of not beginning a separate probe into Mr. Ford’s activities in April was in the interest of making the investigators stay focused on the Toronto gang they had been watching since June of 2012, and also monitoring through wiretaps since this past March.
Chief Blair added that the decision, which he knew about, was actually made by the investigators in charge of Project Traveller. He mentioned that “in the course of a large-scale investigation, the investigators have to make judgment calls.” Furthermore, Blair elucidated that “there’s a greater purpose to those investigations. Project Traveller involved some very serious criminal activity, including four homicides, a number of shootings, the importation of firearms into Canada, the trafficking of large quantities of drugs.”
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