Democratic Party donor Ed Buck was charged in federal court in Los Angeles with distribution of the drug methamphetamine resulting in the death of a 26-year-old man, officials said on Thursday.
The man, Gemmel Moore, died at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment in July 2017, prosecutors said in court papers. Another, unidentified man died of an overdose at Buck’s apartment in January 2019, the document said.
Buck faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted of the federal charge related to the death of Moore, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.
Buck, 65, was arrested on Tuesday after a 37-year-old man, whose name has not been released, overdosed at his home earlier this month and survived the incident, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
He was charged in state court with one felony count each of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.
Buck appeared in criminal court in Los Angeles on Thursday in connection with the state charges.
Democrat mega donor Ed Buck, who has had two black men found dead at his home, has been arrested after evading justice for a long time.
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Prominent Democratic donor and LGBTQ political activist Ed Buck was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house, with prosecutors calling him a violent sexual predator who preys on men struggling with addiction and homelessness.
Buck was charged with one count each of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Buck is accused of injecting a 37-year-old man, who overdosed but survived, with methamphetamine on Sept. 11.
That latest incident comes after two men were found dead in his Laurel Avenue apartment in West Hollywood. In both cases, African American men — Gemmel Moore, 26, and Timothy Dean, 55 — had overdosed on methamphetamine inside. After the first death in 2017, authorities said there was insufficient evidence to file charges.
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and prosecutors believe they have a strong case against the man who donated to Rep. Ted Lieu and other Democrats.
“With this new evidence, I authorized the filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck,” the district attorney said to The Times.
“From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes,” prosecutors said.
“These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims….,” they said.
“Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, the defendant nearly killed a third victim last week,” they said.
“The full scope of his consistent malicious behavior is unknown,” they said. “It is only a matter of time before another one of these vulnerable young men dies of an overdose.”
Fuck Ed Buck and the system that protected him for this long.
Black Queer lives are not disposable https://t.co/tKqPISPxQK
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Ed Buck, a longtime Democratic donor, was arrested after investigators said a third man suffered a methamphetamine overdose in his home last week https://t.co/7bvocVbZK3
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