Ed Buck, a once-prominent Democratic Party donor and LGTBQ rights activist in West Hollywood, California, was arrested on federal charges last September related to allegedly providing illicit drugs to young, gay Black men in exchange for sex.
As Breitbart reported, a federal grand jury handed down a superseding indictment on Tuesday that charged him with another four felony counts, including enticing victims to cross state lines to engage in prostitution, deliberately providing drugs to victims, and using his home to distribute those drugs.
A range of charges
At least two of the men allegedly supplied with narcotics subsequently died of overdoses in his apartment, according to reports.
Buck is currently being held in a federal prison without bond while awaiting trial on the previous felony charges. That trial is set to start in January.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California released a statement confirming that he now faces nine federal felony charges. If convicted, he would likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
After his initial arrest last year, officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department worked alongside the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration to continue investigating his alleged criminal actions.
Two of the latest four counts involve allegations of soliciting the interstate travel of two men to engage in prostitution. One of the two men died of an overdose in Buck’s apartment in 2017, prosecutors believe.
Records show the other charges involve evidence of Buck “knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine” as well as “using his residence for the purpose of distributing narcotics,” with such illicit drugs including methamphetamine and sedatives like clonazepam and gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB).
The charges related to the distribution of drugs resulting in death could lead to a sentence of 20 years to life without parole if he is convicted. As for the four newest counts, each one carries a maximum sentence of 60 years in federal prison.
In addition to the federal counts, Buck is also facing local charges being pursued by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Those charges include operating a drug house, among other felonies.
With his longstanding ties to the Democratic Party, it might make sense that a number of left-leaning outlets are largely ignoring the story. It will be interesting to see whether any of the politicians formerly linked to Buck and his money will now be compelled to comment on his current legal troubles.