Ed Buck, the LGBTQ political activist at the center of several investigations into the deaths of two black gay men in his West Hollywood apartment over the past two years by the LA County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Division was arrested and charged in connection with yet another drug overdose Tuesday the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday evening.
Buck has been charged with operating a drug house after a 37-year-old man survived an overdose on September 11.
“With this new evidence, I authorized the filing of criminal charges against Ed Buck,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement.
The Times said Buck’s attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.
“If proven, these charges appear to confirm what many of us suspected for some time, that Mr Buck was recklessly harming members of the community, as recently as this month, and finally the District Attorney is taking action to stop this from happening again,” West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico told the Los Angeles Blade.
Buck is due in court Wednesday for his arraignment the Times reported. Prosecutors are asking that his bail be set at $4 million. If convicted as charged, he faces up to five years and eight months in state prison.
This is a developing story and will be further updated.