Publisher's note: This informational nugget was sent to me by Ben Shapiro, who represents the Daily Wire, and since this is one of the most topical news events, it should be published on BCN.
The author of this post is James Barrett.
After news broke that a police report named him in an alleged crystal meth-involved drug overdose call, former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current CNN contributor
Andrew Gillum responded Friday morning to the allegations.
"I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,"
the former Tallahassee mayor said, as reported
by the Miami Herald's David Smiley. "While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines."
The police report (below), first obtained and reported on by the Miami New Times
, details an emergency call to a hotel room in Miami Beach that involved three men, two of whom first responders suspected of suffering extreme effects from drug use.
Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee who lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in the hotly contested 2018 gubernatorial race, was one of the two men the police report describes as appearing to be "under the influence of an unknown substance."
"Inside of the hotel room, officers observed in plain sight three small clear plastic baggies containing suspected meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room,"
the report states. "The three small baggies of suspected narcotics were impounded at the Miami Beach police station property and evidence unit for destruction."
The New Times reports:
- Per the documents, Miami Beach police responded to a cardiac-arrest distress call just before 1 a.m. at the luxe Mondrian South Beach hotel. When two MBPD officers arrived, they noted that Miami Beach Fire-Rescue was already on scene treating a man named Travis Dyson for a possible drug overdose, but he was in stable condition.
- The officers stated that one of the men involved in the incident, Aldo Mejias, had lent Dyson his credit card information to rent a hotel room yesterday. The two men were supposed to meet later that day. Mejias told the officers that he arrived at the hotel room around 11 p.m. yesterday. Mejias said Dyson opened the door and then immediately collapsed on a bed and started vomiting. Mejias said he began giving Dyson CPR and called 911.
- In the meantime, Mejias said Gillum was inside the hotel room "under the influence of an unknown substance."
The police report states that upon arriving in the room, Meijas says he "observed Mr. Gillum inside the bathroom vomiting."
After the responding officers spoke with Mejias, the report states, they "attempted to speak to Mr. Gillum,"
but "Mr. Gillum was unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state."
Miami Beach Fire-Rescue responded a second time to the hotel later that night for a welfare check on Gillum and said that he was "in stable condition and his vitals were normal."
"Gillum left the hotel room and returned to his residence without incident,"
the report states.
Police say the incident is not being treated as a criminal matter, the New Times reports.