Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck faces new felonies for overdose deaths

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A federal grand jury in California has indicted Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck on four additional felony counts related to the fatal drug overdoses of two men at his home.

Buck, a retired businessman who donated generously to Democratic candidates, was arrested last year following an investigation of the deaths of 55-year-old Timothy Michael Dean in January 2019 and of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore in 2017.

Buck is accused of gaining sexual gratification from personally causing men to overdose on methamphetamine.

The new charges leveled Tuesday accuse Buck, 65, of drug crimes and soliciting prostitution when he hosted Moore at his home, in addition to five original counts returned by a federal grand jury last year.

Both Dean and Moore died from methamphetamine overdoses at Buck’s West Hollywood apartment.

The federal indictment accuses Buck of also illegally distributing gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), a party drug notoriously used for date-rapes, and the sedative clonazepam.

Buck, a former fixture of southern California Democratic politics, was arrested last year after a federal grand jury approved five charges related to the deaths. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has a separate case alleging state crimes.

Buck is accused of using his powerful connections to escape prior scrutiny. Critics note both men who died were poor and black.

In court papers, Los Angeles prosecutors call Buck a “dangerous sexual predator” who “preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness.”

Prosecutors said “Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes,” which “include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims.”

A third man survived two separate meth overdoses at Buck’s home in September 2019, authorities allege. Buck was arrested shortly after the man fled his home for the second time.

Buck’s federal trial is scheduled to begin in January.

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