Prosecutors allege that Buck took advantage of black men who were homeless and struggling with addiction.
Prominent Democratic donor and activist Ed Buck has been arrested on charges of operating a drug house after a third man overdosed on methamphetamine that Buck administered to him earlier this month.
The Los Angeles Times reported that one September 11, a man identified in court documents as John Doe received “two dangerously large” injections of methamphetamine from Buck. The man recognized that he was overdosing, but Buck tried to stop him from getting help. Eventually, the man left Buck’s house and called 911 from a gas station.
“With this new evidence, I authorized the filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck,” read a statement from Jackie Lacey, Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Buck was arrested and charged with maintaining a drug house, administering methamphetamine, and battery causing serious injury. He is expected back in court next week for an arraignment, where prosecutors will ask for $4 million bail.
Buck has been under scrutiny after two men fatally overdosed in his Los Angeles home. In July 2017, Gemmel Moore, 26, died there. Earlier this year, 55-year-old Timothy Dean fatally overdosed at the apartment.
“It is suspicious that this has happened twice now, so we’re going to conduct a thorough investigation to determine if it is criminal in nature,” Lt. Derrick Alfred of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told The New York Times in January.
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The experience of the third man—who survived his overdose—provided the evidence that prosecutors needed to charge Buck, Lacey said.
In court paperwork, prosecutors allege that Buck took advantage of black men who were homeless and struggling with addiction.
“From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes,” prosecutors wrote. “These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims…. Not deterred by the senseless deaths of Moore and Dean, the defendant nearly killed a third victim last week.”
Prosecutors said that they were concerned that more men would die if Buck was not stopped.
“The full scope of his consistent malicious behavior is unknown. It is only a matter of time before another one of these vulnerable young men dies of an overdose,” they said.
LaTisha Nixon, mother of Gemmel Moore, has filed a lawsuit against Buck. She believes that the fact that Buck targeted disenfranchised men of color has allowed him to get away with murder.
“If the dead body of a blond-haired, blue-eyed white man was found in the home of an older black man, he’d be lucky to even make it to the police station alive,” an attorney for Nixon said in February.