TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said Wednesday he's surprised and shocked his friend and occasional driver has been arrested on drug charges.
Alexander Lisi, 35, has been charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana, Toronto police say.
Ford grabbed international attention earlier this year over allegations that he was caught on video smoking crack cocaine. The AP has not seen the video and it has not been released publicly. Ford has said the video does not exist.
Ford acknowledged Lisi is a friend and said he doesn't abandon his friends.
"He's a friend. He's a good guy. I don't throw my friends under the bus, Ford said. "I've never once seen him drink. I've never seen him once do drugs so I'm surprised. I'm actually shocked,"
He refused to comment further on Lisi's arrest, saying the matter is before the courts.
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