LOS ANGELES – The United States Attorney’s office announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging Ed Buck with four additional felonies that included a charge that the 65-year-old disgraced community activist allegedly enticed victims – including a man who died at his West Hollywood apartment after he administered drugs to him – to travel interstate to engage in prostitution.
Buck was arrested in September 2019 after being charged in United States District Court with providing methamphetamine to a man who died after receiving the drug intravenously. Agents with a federal task force continued their investigation into Buck resulting in the additional felony counts according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office.
In a statement provided to the Los Angeles Blade, the U.S. Attorney’s office noted that the four additional counts charged Tuesday– bringing the total number of charges in this case to nine counts – include one count alleging that Buck knowingly enticed 26-year-old Gemmel Moore to travel to the Los Angeles area to engage in prostitution. Buck allegedly provided methamphetamine to Moore, who overdosed on the drug and died on July 27, 2017.
Jasmyne Cannick a longtime community activist and blogger who has been the leading spokesperson for the families of Buck’s victims told the Los Angeles Blade in an emailed statement: “The additional indictments against Ed Buck just further prove that the men who came forward and told their stories of the white man in West Hollywood who loved to inject Black men with meth were true.
“We’re happy that the Department of Justice is taking this case seriously, but we are still disappointed in L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s failure to take action against Ed Buck. Jackie Lacey’s failure to take the accounts of Black gay men seriously is the reason that Timothy Dean is dead.
“We expect that as the investigation continues even more indictments will be brought against Ed Buck.”
The superseding indictment also charges Buck with one count of knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine, and one count of using his residence for the purpose of distributing narcotics such as methamphetamine, and the sedatives gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and clonazepam.
The indictment also charges Buck with one count of knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine, and one count of using his residence for the purpose of distributing narcotics such as methamphetamine, and the sedatives gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and clonazepam.
Buck also is charged with another count of enticing another man to travel with the intent of engaging in prostitution.
Last year, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging that Buck “engaged in a pattern of soliciting men to consume drugs that Buck provided and perform sexual acts at Buck’s apartment,” which is a practice described as “party and play.” Buck allegedly solicited victims on social media platforms, including a gay dating website, and used a recruiter to scout and proposition men.
Once the men were at his apartment, Buck allegedly prepared syringes containing methamphetamine, sometimes personally injecting the victims with or without their consent, according to the indictment. Buck also allegedly injected victims with more narcotics than they expected and sometimes injected victims while they were unconscious.
Another victim, Timothy Dean also suffered a fatal overdose in Buck’s apartment, on Jan. 7, 2019, the indictment alleges.
Buck is scheduled to go to trial in this matter on Jan. 19, 2021. His arraignment on the first superseding indictment is expected in the coming weeks.
Each of the charges alleging the distribution of narcotics resulting in death carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum penalty of life without parole. The four new charges carry a statutory maximum sentence of 60 years in federal prison.
Buck also faces charges, including operating a drug house, that were filed last year by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Buck is currently being held in federal custody without bond, and the federal case is expected to proceed first.
The federal case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI. The investigation is being conducted with the support of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.