TODAY   |  August 01, 2014

Police investigate Toronto mayor’s alleged drug use

A video that is said to show the mayor of Canada’s largest city smoking crack now appears to be in the hands of the police. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>>> shocking allegations out of toronto. a video set to show the mayor of canada's largest city smoking crack . that video appears to be in the hands of police. maria schiavocampo is back with more that. a lot of twitters and turns on that one.

>> a shocking allegation.

>>> police have turned that video to the courts along with other videos, documents, and surveillance pictures. now the fate of the mayor ray rest in the hands of the justice system .

>> can you get off my drive! get off my drive! get off my driveway! get off my property!

>> i'm leaving.

>> thank you very much!

>> reporter: a media frenzy in the midst of a political firestorm. police say they have a video threatening to derail the political career of toronto mayor rob ford .

>> i can tell you the digital video file that we have recovered depicts images which are consistent with those previously been reported in the press.

>> reporter: earlier this year, a video was being shopped around to media outlets. several reporters claimed to ? say it shows have seen it and? mayor rob ford smoking from what looks like a crack pipe and hanging out at what police describe as a crack house . now police are strongly indicating they, indeed, have that video.

>> i think it's fair to say that the mayor does appear in those -- in that video.

>> reporter: police have also now relieved documents and surveillance pictures detailing phone calls and meetings which they say link the mayor ford to an accused drug dealer . mayor ford has denied the existence of the video and dismissing calls for his resignation.

>> i wish i could come out and defend myself. unfortunately, i can't. because i have no reason to resign. i'm going to go back and return my phone calls and i'm going to be out and doing what the people elected me to do thank you.

>> reporter: a bombshell allegation that is rattling canada's largest city.