California Democratic donor charged with running drug house

Democratic donor Ed Buck left Hernan Molina and West Hollywood Councilmember John Duran in West Hollywood in 2010

BREAKING: Democrat Donor Ed Buck Arrested, Charged With Operating Drug House

Ed Buck, the multimillionaire mega-donor for the Democratic Party, was finally arrested after a third Black man overdosed on risky drugs at his West Hollywood, California, apartment.

Buck has denied any wrongdoing in Dean and Moore's deaths.

This is the third instance of a methamphetamine overdose at Buck's residence since 2017.

Buck was arrested and charged with operating a drug house after a 37-year-old man overdosed last week on methamphetamines that he allegedly got from Buck. To support that, they said that Buck is "a predator with no regard for human life" who gave the victims "dangerously large doses of narcotics". The man suffered an overdose but survived, officials said.

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The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office called Ed Buck a "violent, risky sexual predator", alleging he preyed mostly on drug-addicted and homeless men.

"They ruled Moore's death an accident, and an initial review by sheriff's deputies found nothing suspicious".

"Gemmel Moore at the time was 26 years old and Ed Buck flew him here from Texas", Cannick told reporters. "I've become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that", Moore wrote, according to his family's website.

One has to wonder whether the language in the bail motion was used because prosecutors finally have a Buck victim who survived. Buck, who is 65 and white, is a longtime political donor, onetime West Hollywood City Council candidate and a well-known figure in LGBTQ political circles. "Moore had been homeless and had worked as an escort". The man eventually fled the apartment and called 911.

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Ed Buck, a prominent Democratic donor who has been under suspicion and accused of murder for years after two black men died of meth overdoses (Timothy Dean last January, Gemmel Moore in July 2017) at his West Hollywood apartment, has been arrested following another man's overdose last week.

After the second man died in Buck's apartment, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced that it would reallocate donations that it had received from Buck.

After this latest occurrence, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office chose to finally have Buck arrested and charged.

Both men were black.

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Following last week's overdose, Lacey said in a statement she "authorized the filing of criminal charges" in light of this new evidence.

According to KABC, prosecutors sought to have Buck's bail set at a whopping $4 million. If convicted, Buck faces up to five years and eight months in state prison.

Cannick took to Twitter on Tuesday night to confirm Buck's arrest and to lament on the difficulties in bringing this story to light. They have named Lacey as a co-defendant for his failure to press charges, though the D.A.'s office maintains there was insufficient evidence to prove Buck was responsible for Moore's death beyond a reasonable doubt. Dean's sister Joyce Jackson said, "I really believe he preyed on people". "I feel really good for all the young men he took advantage of because they didn't feel like anyone took them seriously, like their lives weren't important enough for anyone to really care about".

Dean's death reignited calls for justice, and in February, Los Angeles activists delivered a petition, signed by tens of thousands of people, demanding a thorough investigation into the Democratic donor. Buck's neighbors from the building stood outside, watching the scene unfold.

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