Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says they have recovered a copy of a video file that depicts images of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford that are "consistent with those previously reported in the press.''
Allegations of a video appearing to show Ford smoking crack cocaine surfaced in May when reporters from the Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker reported they were shown the video.
The mayor has repeatedly said he does not use crack cocaine and the video does not exist.
Blair made the comments just hours after the release of a police document that showed the alleged video was the subject of a police probe that led to the arrest of Alexander Lisi, Ford's friend and occasional driver.
Blair says Lisi — who was originally charged with four drug offences — now faces an additional charge of extortion.
Asked whether Ford could face charges, Blair said there's nothing in the video that would allow police to "form reasonable grounds'' to support the laying of a criminal charge.
Ford angrily confronts reporters