Democratic Donor Convicted of Nine Felonies, Provided Fatal Meth Doses to Two Men

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Ed Buck, a small-time Democratic donor and political activist, was convicted by a federal jury on Tuesday of nine felonies, including providing fatal doses of methamphetamine to two men who died at his West Hollywood apartment 18 months apart, reports the New York Times. The men, Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, died after Buck provided them with methamphetamine that caused fatal overdoses in what the Justice Department has described as “party and play” sessions that involved Buck soliciting men and giving them drugs at his home.

Buck faces between 20 years to life in federal prison. A majority of the 11 victims named in the charges filed against Buck, who is white, were Black men, including Moore, who died in July 2017, and Dean, who died in January 2019. Buck was found guilty on two counts of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, four counts of distributing the drug, two counts of “enticement to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution” and one of “maintaining a drug-involved premises.”

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