Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Ed Buck on Charges of Operating a Drug Den

Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department deputies arrested Ed Buck tonight on charges of operating a drug house and giving methamphetamine to a 37-year-old man who overdosed at his apartment at 1234 N Laurel Ave. last week. 

Ed Buck handcuffed in the back of a Sheriff’s Department cruiser outside his home at 1234 N. Laurel Ave. on Tuesday night. (Photo ANG News)

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, Buck was charged with three counts of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.

Buck is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Prosecutors are said to be asking that his bail be set at $4 million. Buck could serve up to five years and eight months in state prison if convicted on the charges.

The man who overdosed last week survived. According to court filings, the man, whose name has not been released, visited Buck on Sept. 4 and was injected by Buck with methamphetamine, a highly addictive and dangerous drug. The man, fearing he was suffering an overdose, left the apartment. He returned on Sept. 11 and Buck injected him with two “dangerously large” doses of meth, prosecutors said. The man left the apartment and called 911 and was taken to a hospital.

Buck, a 65-year old white gay man known for his contributions to city, county, state and federal Democratic Party candidates and as an animal rights activist, has been the focus of controversy over the drug deaths of two other African-American men in his apartment.

The first was Gemmel Moore, a 26-year-old who was found dead of a methamphetamine overdose in Buck’s apartment on July 27, 2017. Moore was a sex worker who was visiting his mother near Houston when Buck bought him an airline ticket to fly back to Los Angeles and go to his apartment. He was found dead on the day he arrived.

Timothy Dean, 56, was found dead of a meth overdose in Buck’s  apartment on Jan. 7. The death of Dean sparked a demand this year for the Sheriff’s Department to open a second investigation into the circumstances of Gemmel Moore’s death. The Coroner’s Office originally had ruled Moore’s death an accident due to a drug overdose.

“I remain deeply concerned for the safety of people whose life circumstances may make them more
vulnerable to criminal predators,” said
District Attorney Jackie Lacey in a statement about the arrest. “With this new evidence, I authorized the
filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck.”

The District Attorney's Office called Buck “a violent, dangerous sexual predator” who “mainly preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness.”

“Using the bait of narcotics, money and shelter, the defendant lures these vulnerable victims to his house,” according to the District Attorney's
Office's bail request.

“From his home, in a position of power, Buck manipulates his victims into participating in his sexual fetishes. These fetishes include supplying and personally administering dangerously large doses of narcotics to his victims.”

The arrest comes after criticism of Lacey for failing to file charges in the death of Gemmel Moore, which she said was because there wasn’t enough evidence to ensure a conviction. With the death of Timothy Dean the Sheriff Department’s Homicide Bureau launched a new investigation.

In a civil lawsuit, LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother, has accused Buck of human trafficking and engaging in “revenge porn” by making and sharing a video of his alleged “meth-fueled sexual encounters” with her son. That lawsuit  also accuses District Attorney Lacey and Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum of “refusing to impartially prosecute white people for their felonious criminal acts against Black victims and survivors.”

According to neighbors, Buck was handcuffed and placed in a police vehicle around 7:30 p.m. last night.

Lt. Derrick Alfred of the Sheriff’s Departments Homicide Bureau said further information could not be made available because an investigation is in progress.

The arrest got the attention of several dozen neighbors who stood on the sidewalk across the street nine police vehicles.


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American Patriot
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American Patriot

Trust the Plan. Theres no stopping what’s coming. The hunters will become the hunted. Darkness to Light.
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hifi5000
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hifi5000

This whole sordid mess with Mr. Buck does not make West Hollywood look good at all. Tolerating such a criminal or having the appearance of tolerating such a person is not the way to go.Just because this man is gay should not be a pass to commit heinous crimes against anybody. West Hollywood promotes itself as a free and open loving community where everyone is welcome.This should be amended to say criminal activity will be dealt with no matter who you are. Now that Mr. Buck is out of his apartment,maybe the landlord can evict him for cause.After all, two… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

Finally they arrest his disgusting individual. I hope he stays in jail the rest of his life. He is a disgrace to humankind and a stain on the LGBT community.

Grow Up Already
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Grow Up Already

Meth is for poor people.

Awesome Weho
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Awesome Weho

If a black guy lived in an apartment with a mattress on the living room floor, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and porn photos of white women as he was shooting them up, and then, two of them OD’d and died there, that guy would be in jail awaiting trial as a serial killer. Buck benefits from being white, but MORE SO, Weho’s ridiculous “Do Meth Safely” policy. The sheriffs are told to not make drug arrests because it’s basically a gay culture thing. (That’s why the saw all the drug crap in Buck’s house and did nothing the first two… Read more »

jimmy palmieri
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jimmy palmieri

Harm reduction benefits many more than just the user. I hope you might come to an upcoming meth forum being planned , and learn how fentanyl sticks might save someone you care about.

This Town is an Embarrassment
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This Town is an Embarrassment

No one I care about does meth.

jimmy palmieri
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jimmy palmieri

You are very fortunate, and I am happy for you. I sincerely hope your good fortune endures. For those not fortunate enough, we have harm reduction methods that will save many lives. Many times, we have no clue what people that we care about are doing in private. Statistics seem to prove that. Over and over again.

learntobeajournalist
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learntobeajournalist

This mindset is just as racist, perpetuating anti-white hatred. This is about MONEY and/or POWER (not anti-capitalism but greed). That’s the real privilege since money or connections can get you out of most problems to some degree. There are plenty of people of all races (especially celebrities and politicians) who’ve gotten away with murder too. I agree more should have been done before this escalated to this. But here we are. A mess because we don’t promote therapy and healthy living, instead it’s drugs, random sex hookups, entertainment, gambling, gaming, escape, etc. which is pushed by Big Pharma TV to… Read more »

SEEKEROFRIGHTEOUSNESS
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SEEKEROFRIGHTEOUSNESS

Consider. Donated to Hillary and Adam Schif

90069
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90069

Charge this man with hate crimes as well. It is obvious he was preying on black men out of some sick and twisted racist fetish. According to the LA Times there was a “noose” around Dean’s neck that Buck claimed Dean tied around him — oh really? Sounds like he was using the below story to explain away neck burns. This guy needs to be locked up for LIFE not five years. “On the morning of Dean’s death, Buck told a sheriff’s deputy that Dean “began to exhibit bizarre behavior” and used a piece of clothing to make a noose… Read more »

Abe
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Abe

The DA could have made a drug house case after the first death. They had the body, a toolbox full of meth and paraphernalia, tons of buck’s own photos and videos, police reports from other would be victims and his own online solicitations advertising that he “points” the way to floating on “white fluffy clouds” and how it’s his house, his rules and he administers the “points”. And yet the DA waited all of this time – something stinks.

Margaret T. on Laruel
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Margaret T. on Laruel

There are so many Democrat politicians involved in the money Ed Buck gave. I’m sure this had been a 2-year cover up. When the first young man died in Ed Buck’s apartment there was drugs and paraphernalia all over it but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did nothing about that. This third another young man could have died because nothing was done because this was a cover-up. My nephew’s would come and visit me here every summer. No more. I live in a nice condo building. But what happened when the sheriff’s department shot that young men who was… Read more »

hifi5000
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hifi5000

It’s about time!!!!!!!! Unfortunately,it took a near miss to put Mr. Buck behind bars,at least for now.Four million dollars as bail is a lot,but I wonder if he has the money or if one of his buddies will come up with the cash.

Larry Block
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Larry Block

Maybe Duran will represent Buck – and then appoint him to a commission with the other two ex-felons he appointed .

Abe
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Abe

Duran sure was pissed when Gemel’s mother and supporters implored the Sheriff’s to let the other hustlers involved with buck report their own experiences without fear of being arrested themselves. I seem to remember Duran barked out that they can’t make that promise and reminded the other near victims that if they we’re involved in anything illegal they could face prosecution themselves.

Tia
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Tia

Sad that even with all this Meth & Death, the owner of Laurel Avenue wasn’t able to evict this menace. This went on far too long and too many lives gone – good ridance Mr Buck.