Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Political activist in overdose death called 'serious threat to public safety'

Political activist in overdose death called 'serious threat to public safety'

A law enforcement official says political activist Ed Buck will face a federal charge in a drug death at his Los Angeles-area home.

This isn't the first time Buck's name and apartment have been linked to drug deaths: Two men, Timothy Dean and Gemmel Moore, reportedly died of meth overdoses in Buck's home in the past two years.

The Hillary Clinton donor appeared in a Los Angeles court today wearing an anti-suicide smock and faces charges filed by the LA District Attorney of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, after a third man narrowly avoided death overdosing in Buck's apartment earlier this month.

Buck was not charged in either of those deaths, but Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a court filing Tuesday that the three cases show that Buck is a "violent, unsafe sexual predator".

Buck was set to be arraigned Thursday but the judge, Francis Bennett II, delayed the case until October 11.

Prosecutors say Buck met his latest victim on September 11 and injected him with two unsafe doses, refused to assist him and "thwarted" his efforts to get outside help until the man fled the apartment and called 911 from a gas station. The man, identified in the affidavit as victim 6, said Buck insisted on injecting prostitutes and would reject them without pay if they refused, Mundell wrote.

The complaint describes Buck as a wealthy white man who "had a predatory and injurious system of soliciting Black men and watching them cling to life".

According to a federal court affidavit, the man who almost overdosed in Buck's apartment - leading to the state charges - told investigators that "Buck solicited him to engage in sexual activities and distributed methamphetamine to him almost every day during an approximately one-month period from on or about July 29, 2019, to on or about September 6, 2019".

If convicted of the federal charge, Buck could receive a sentence of life without parole; the crime carries a mandatory minimum of 20 years.

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Buck came under investigation in January after Dean, 55, was found dead of an accidental methamphetamine overdose in his apartment.

Moore's death, on July 27, 2017, was ruled an accidental methamphetamine overdose by the coroner's office.

Messages to Buck's attorney, Seymour Amster, were not immediately returned.

Federal prosecutors said Buck has a history of injecting men with drugs and paying them for sexual activity.

Back then, Buck's attorney claimed that Dean arrived to the apartment already high on drugs. "Everyone knew that he preyed on young black men". U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said Moore's mother reported to investigators that her son had told her that Buck "held Mr. Moore against his will and shot him up with drugs".

That latest incident helped trigger the charges filed against Buck this week.

"From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes".

"The surviving victim's statements gave us the break we needed", said Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The civil lawsuit accuses Buck of human trafficking and engaging in "revenge porn" by making and sharing a video of his alleged "meth-fueled sexual encounters" with Moore.

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