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Toronto mayor's brother denies drug history

TORONTO, May 26 (UPI) -- The brother of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied a published report he was a drug dealer in the 1980s.

Doug Ford told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. he smoked marijuana when he was in his teens, but rejected his portrayal in the Toronto Globe and Mail as a dealer who specialized in hashish in the 1980s.

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"It's absolutely false," Ford told the CBC.

Ford, a Toronto city councilor, was scrutinized in an extensive investigation by the newspaper, which quoted 10 unidentified sources who confirmed his alleged ties to drug traffickers.

Rob Ford was fired Wednesday from his football coaching job at a Toronto Catholic high school, less than a week after the Toronto Star reported a cellphone video had surfaced in which he appeared to be smoking from a crack cocaine pipe.

The mayor flatly denied the crack allegations, and his brother told the CBC the Globe and Mail was carrying out a "sleazy" campaign against him.

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