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CrimeDemocratic donor Ed Buck arrested, charged with operating drug house

07:15  18 september  2019
07:15  18 september  2019 Source:   latimes.com

California Democratic donor charged with running drug house

California Democratic donor charged with running drug house A prominent California Democratic donor has been charged with running a drug house where two men died of overdoses. Edward Buck was charged Tuesday and prosecutors are asking that he be held on $4 million bail. 

Prominent Democrat donor Ed Buck was arrested and charged in California on Tuesday for allegedly operating a drug house after three men connected to Buck have overdosed on methamphetamines over the last two years. "Activists have been calling for Buck 's arrest , believing him responsible for

Ed Buck was charged with battery in connection with the overdose earlier this month of a third man, who survived. Buck is also facing charges of administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house in connection with that incident, which took place Sept.

LOS ANGELES - The prominent Democratic donor and LGBTQ political activist Ed Buck was arrested Tuesday and charged with operating a drug house and providing methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who overdosed last week, officials said.

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested, charged with operating drug house© Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times/TNS Democratic donor Ed Buck, left, Hernan Molina and West Hollywood Councilman John Duran in West Hollywood in 2010.

Buck was charged with three counts 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 the victim, who survived, with methamphetamine on Sept. 11.

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested and charged with operating drug house

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested and charged with operating drug house 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.

Edward Bernard Peter Buck (born Buckmelter, August 24, 1954), known as Ed Buck , is an American businessman, political activist and political fundraiser. A former model and actor, he made a significant amount of money running and selling the data service company Gopher Courier.

Both deaths occurred at the West Hollywood, California, home of Ed Buck , who has donated to a number of Democratic politicians over the years. The death has prompted another look at the July 27, 2017, death of Gemmel Moore

He is scheduled in court Wednesday.

The charges come after two mysterious deaths in his Laurel Avenue apartment in West Hollywood. In both cases, black men - Gemmel Moore 26, and Timothy Dean, 55 - were found dead inside. The first death in 2017 involved drugs, but authorities said there was insufficient evidence to file charges.

In January, after a second man was found dead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it will take another look at the first case. The deaths have sparked protests from activists who complain authorities are not doing enough.

Last year, prosecutors declined to file charges against Buck in connection with Moore's fatal overdose in 2017, citing insufficient evidence, according to court records.

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Buck - a regular donor to Democratic campaigns including Hillary Clinton's presidential bid - was investigated for a suspected murder when Gemmel Protesters at the West Hollywood home last night calling for Buck 's arrest . The Democratic donor was investigated after the death in 2017 but was not

Tim did not have drugs at his house . He was not known to take drugs ,” said Alex Herrera, who The late Timothy Dean who died at the residence of Democratic donor Ed Buck earlier this year. “We are demanding that Ed Buck is arrested , prosecuted and convicted, bringing justice to both Gemmel

Los Angeles County coroner's officials had concluded that Moore died from an accidental methamphetamine overdose in Buck's apartment, which was littered with drug paraphernalia. Paramedics found Moore naked on a mattress in the living room, the coroner's report said.

They ruled Moore's death an accident, and an initial review by sheriff's deputies found nothing suspicious. But in August 2017, homicide detectives launched a new investigation after Moore's mother and friends questioned whether the drugs that killed him were self-administered.

A notebook found in Moore's possession indicated he used drugs with someone whose name is redacted in the coroner's report. The Los Angeles Times has reviewed pages of that journal, in which Moore purportedly wrote about using crystal methamphetamine.

"Ed Buck is the one to thank," Moore appears to have written. "He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth."

More Details Emerge In Story Of Wealthy Democratic Donor Connected To Men Overdosing In His Apartment

More Details Emerge In Story Of Wealthy Democratic Donor Connected To Men Overdosing In His Apartment Ed Buck was arrested after a man claimed he overdosed - twice - inside Buck's West Hollywood apartment and that Buck administered the drugs.

Mr. Edward Buck was present during both incidents,” the statement said. The department said the new He was found naked on a mattress in the living room with drug paraphernalia littered about. Evan Mecham, and has been a prominent donor to Democratic candidates including Hillary Clinton

Buck has been a prominent donor to Democratic candidates and office holders. He has been active in LGBTQ political circles and also once ran for a seat on Community activist Jasmyne Cannick, who worked closely with Moore’s family, has called for Buck ’s arrest , prosecution and conviction, and the

Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon of Texas, had questioned whether Buck's ties to elected officials and differences in race and class influenced the investigation. Buck, who is 63 and white, is a longtime political donor, one-time West Hollywood City Council candidate and a well-known figure in LGBTQ political circles. Moore had been homeless and had worked as an escort.

"I remain deeply concerned for the safety of people whose life circumstances may make them more vulnerable to criminal predators," Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement. "With this new evidence, I authorized the filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck."

Prosecutors are asking that his bail be set at $4 million. If convicted as charged, Buck faces up to five years and eight months in state prison.

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