Ed Buck, Democratic donor, charged with running Los Angeles ‘drug den’
Ryan W. Miller
Published 6:15 AM EDT Sep 18, 2019
Prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck was arrested on suspicion of running a “drug den” after a man allegedly suffered a methamphetamine overdose at his Los Angeles home last week, authorities say.
Buck, 65, faces felony charges of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Wednesday.
The 37-year-old man injected with methamphetamine survived the Sept. 11 incident, prosecutors say. However, at least two other men have been found dead in Buck’s home from overdoses in recent years.
“With this new evidence, I authorized the filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement.
In court papers, prosecutors describe how Buck allegedly preyed on men dealing with addiction and homelessness, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Gemmel Moore, 26, and Timothy Dean, 55, both African American men, died in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment, and prosecutors said he “nearly killed a third victim last week.”
“From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes,” prosecutors wrote in court papers, according to the Times.
Buck’s bail was set at $4 million, and he is due in court Wednesday . He faces a possible maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison if convicted, prosecutors say.
USA TODAY has reached out to Buck’s attorney for comment.
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