Edward Buck, a white former Democratic donor who was arrested and held in the West Hollywood Police Station, has been charged with four additional felonies for his alleged role in the overdosing deaths of a Black, 26-year-old sex worker named Gemmel Moore and at least one other man.
Buck was arrested and taken to West Hollywood Jail in September 2019 for allegedly providing methamphetamine injections to Moore, who overdosed on the drug and died in Buck’s apartment on July 27, 2017. Buck was also suspected of involvement in the similar death of 55-year-old Black man Timothy Dean on January 7, 2019.
The four newly charged felonies against Buck include two for encouraging Moore and another man to travel interstate to engage in sex work—something that is illegal in California—one charge of knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine and one charge of using his residence for the purpose of distributing narcotics.
In total, Buck now faces a total nine charges related to Moore and Dean’s deaths. A federal grand jury indicted Buck on five felony charges involving their deaths. The five charges in that indictment were three counts of distributing methamphetamine and two counts of distributing methamphetamine resulting in death.
In the October 2019 indictment, it was alleged that Buck used gay hook-up apps, social media, and a recruiter to find “vulnerable individuals who were destitute, homeless, and/or struggled with drug addiction. He would invite them to his apartment to consume drugs and perform sexual acts, a practice known as “party and play.”
Buck allegedly prepared syringes of meth—a stimulant that floods the body with physically pleasurable waves of dopamine while increasing heart rate and impairing the brain’s decision-making abilities—and injected victims with or without their consent, sometimes injecting more than they’d expected or injecting them while they lay unconscious.
After being held in West Hollywood jail, Buck is now being held in federal custody.