Charges withdrawn for four men arrested in police investigation linked to Rob Ford

Charges have been dropped against the man who reportedly tried to broker the sale of an infamous video in which Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appears to smoke crack cocaine.

TORONTO — Charges have been dropped against the man who reportedly tried to broker the sale of an infamous video in which Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appears to smoke crack cocaine.

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General says it has also withdrawn charges against three other individuals arrested during a gang, drugs and weapons investigation known as Project Traveller.

Ford’s own voice is not on the Project Traveller wire taps but Toronto police have spent thousands of hours conducting surveillance on the mayor, though they have not laid any criminal charges against him.

A spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office says charges against Mohamed Farah, Nicholas Obeng, Muhideen Jama and Halima Said have been withdrawn by the Crown.

Heather Visser says the Crown is “duty bound to withdraw charges if there is no reasonable prospect of conviction, or if it is not in the public interest to proceed.”

She says some of the accused completed community service hours and made charitable donations prior to the withdrawal of charges.

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