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Jose Garcia

(2,698 posts)
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 11:55 AM Mar 2020

Ex-Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum involved in drug incident, Miami Beach police report

Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel

A Miami Beach police report about an apparent drug overdose in a Miami Beach hotel room overnight Thursday says that one of the three men present in the room was Andrew Gillum along with three small plastic bags containing suspected crystal meth.

One of those involved, named Gillum, is 40, the police report states, the same age as the 2018 gubernatorial nominee.

The police reports that officers responded to a room at 1100 West Ave., which is the address of the Mondrian South Beach. Police found fire rescue treating a man for a possible drug overdose.

Police found two other men in the room, including Gillum, described as an “involved other.”

Read more: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-ne-andrew-gillum-miami-beach-drugs-20200313-3plsrtuvdnhcpglfo34ojrehvu-story.html

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Ex-Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum involved in drug incident, Miami Beach police report (Original Post) Jose Garcia Mar 2020 OP
WTF, with this guy? BusyBeingBest Mar 2020 #1
There were already stories about him out before the '18 elections. oldsoftie Mar 2020 #35
Oh, I had not heard anything negative--OK. BusyBeingBest Mar 2020 #37
What were the rumors about exactly? Lexblues Mar 2020 #38
You can search. oldsoftie Mar 2020 #40
Yep jberryhill Mar 2020 #57
There were corruption stories in Tallahassee and the question was karynnj Mar 2020 #43
I know. There are plenty of people who have shown a LOT of potential. oldsoftie Mar 2020 #56
I have heard her in speak in serious interviews and she is fantastic karynnj Mar 2020 #68
I live in GA, so I've seen & heard her many times. I'd just prefer Harris. oldsoftie Mar 2020 #69
Very sad still_one Mar 2020 #2
Fuck... Dennis Donovan Mar 2020 #3
Give it a day to develop first, THEN make plans for self immolation. I think there's a lot of ... marble falls Mar 2020 #7
No charges is a big indication that it's an incomplete picture. Dennis Donovan Mar 2020 #9
I don't ever see a steady hand such as yourself self-immolating. I was joshin yer ... marble falls Mar 2020 #12
Okay Dennis Donovan Mar 2020 #13
I read everything you do, check out your recommends sometime. marble falls Mar 2020 #14
I think everything's finally starting to get to me Dennis Donovan Mar 2020 #19
Waiting for more details, myself. Laurian Mar 2020 #4
Just a little too soon to be pillorying Gillum. Can we at least wait for the whole story? marble falls Mar 2020 #5
Yes, it could be being in a hotel room while black. brush Mar 2020 #31
Well, it is Florida, there's probably a law. marble falls Mar 2020 #32
Aw geez. Coventina Mar 2020 #6
Update on article - statement from Gillum csziggy Mar 2020 #8
Barely involved him it sounds like DrToast Mar 2020 #10
Yes - the police report described him as an "involved other." csziggy Mar 2020 #11
which means exactly nothing stopdiggin Mar 2020 #23
Correct - but the editor buried it at the end of the article csziggy Mar 2020 #33
I'm not sure janterry Mar 2020 #58
From Gillum ... marble falls Mar 2020 #15
Looks like an opportunistic takedown of a talented future star and mahina Mar 2020 #16
So glad you said that. They want him out of politics A.S.A.P. The wingers really hate him. Judi Lynn Mar 2020 #34
Why does it matter where the poster is from? rictofen Mar 2020 #44
Yes, Judi, you're right. Haggis for Breakfast Mar 2020 #49
Tremendous comments. Florida bigots are rabid. They control 29 votes. Judi Lynn Mar 2020 #50
Judi - you are a gem. Haggis for Breakfast Mar 2020 #71
There goes his career. Chicago1980 Mar 2020 #17
If he did drugs yes. See my post 16 above. mahina Mar 2020 #41
Perhaps, but hanging out with meth users will kill most political careers dansolo Mar 2020 #52
How do you know they were hanging out? mahina Mar 2020 #54
Read the police report and then you might be able to figure it out. LisaL Mar 2020 #65
Do you have a link? mahina Mar 2020 #70
Nothingburger killaphill Mar 2020 #18
It was after the wedding. Big Blue Marble Mar 2020 #20
Okay a wedding that had some unsavory characters killaphill Mar 2020 #21
But you can not go into a hotel room with the unsavory characters Jose Garcia Mar 2020 #22
Maybe Gillum went into the room to help rusty fender Mar 2020 #24
The police report stated he was too inebriated to communicate Jose Garcia Mar 2020 #25
He was throwing up in the bathroom janterry Mar 2020 #51
From what is described in the police report, due to being extremely intoxicated, LisaL Mar 2020 #64
I am not sure what this had to do with a wedding to begin with. LisaL Mar 2020 #62
Isn't the getting drunk part supposed to be after the wedding? mr_lebowski Mar 2020 #26
Drunk in a hotel room with crystal meth present. No Democrat could get over something like this. pnwmom Mar 2020 #45
I never say never to potential for political resurrection. delisen Mar 2020 #67
Well looks like we can take him out of Biden's VP pool HarlanPepper Mar 2020 #27
He was never being considered Jose Garcia Mar 2020 #28
Inside source? HarlanPepper Mar 2020 #29
I'd still vote for him over DeSantis geomon666 Mar 2020 #30
Tampa Bay Times article: oldsoftie Mar 2020 #36
Post removed Post removed Mar 2020 #39
Stop it mahina Mar 2020 #42
Post removed Post removed Mar 2020 #46
A few shocking photo's in that link..nt at140 Mar 2020 #47
Wow madville Mar 2020 #48
The OD victim was reportedly an escort. RandySF Mar 2020 #53
This message was self-deleted by its author democratisphere Mar 2020 #55
Here is the police report janterry Mar 2020 #59
It ain't pretty, that's for sure. LisaL Mar 2020 #60
Sounds like he and his wife are going to have some hard discussions janterry Mar 2020 #61
Yep. LisaL Mar 2020 #63
I am guessing Gillum has both a drug problem IluvPitties Mar 2020 #66

BusyBeingBest

(8,202 posts)
1. WTF, with this guy?
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 11:58 AM
Mar 2020

He was being talked up for Veep not long ago. This shows the importance of not plucking Veep candidates from relative obscurity--they need to be nationally known and VETTED.

oldsoftie

(13,027 posts)
35. There were already stories about him out before the '18 elections.
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 04:49 PM
Mar 2020

But posting any of them here wouldn't fly

karynnj

(59,607 posts)
43. There were corruption stories in Tallahassee and the question was
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 06:11 PM
Mar 2020

whether he was involved.

I never got why he was considered someone who would be a superstar after he lost.

oldsoftie

(13,027 posts)
56. I know. There are plenty of people who have shown a LOT of potential.
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 06:57 AM
Mar 2020

I dont really like the psuh for Stacy Abrams for VP. She's just not a national figure

karynnj

(59,607 posts)
68. I have heard her in speak in serious interviews and she is fantastic
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 09:39 AM
Mar 2020

What she is doing on voter suppression is very well done, very needed and she has inspired many people - even in an election year - to join her effort. If Biden were to name her, it would be after vetting her thoroughly. (Gilliam would not have ever passed that.)

I agree she is not a national figure, but in reality, other than to political junkies, very very few people are until they gain a platform. She is probably in a similar position to Beto, except would be considered as VP, not President.

oldsoftie

(13,027 posts)
69. I live in GA, so I've seen & heard her many times. I'd just prefer Harris.
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 10:47 AM
Mar 2020

And thats going with the "must have a woman of color" line. The PERFECT choice IMO, would be Michelle Obama. Actually, if SHE was at the top of the ticket I dont think Trump would stand a chance

marble falls

(59,521 posts)
7. Give it a day to develop first, THEN make plans for self immolation. I think there's a lot of ...
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 12:04 PM
Mar 2020

details missing.

Dennis Donovan

(18,785 posts)
9. No charges is a big indication that it's an incomplete picture.
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 12:07 PM
Mar 2020

And, um, isn't "self-immolating" a bit of a melodramatic description of my reaction to the news? All I said I was hoping it wasn't true...

marble falls

(59,521 posts)
12. I don't ever see a steady hand such as yourself self-immolating. I was joshin yer ...
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 12:13 PM
Mar 2020

Sam Stein ✔ @samstein (MSNBC)

GILLUM: "I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines."

10:59 AM - Mar 13, 2020

csziggy

(34,156 posts)
8. Update on article - statement from Gillum
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 12:06 PM
Mar 2020

At same link as in OP:

Gillum confirmed his presence in a statement Friday.

“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines. I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement,” Gillum said.

csziggy

(34,156 posts)
11. Yes - the police report described him as an "involved other."
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 12:10 PM
Mar 2020

But that is way at the end of the article.

stopdiggin

(11,806 posts)
23. which means exactly nothing
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 01:12 PM
Mar 2020

involved other could be the person who makes 911 call ...
or just about anything else.

csziggy

(34,156 posts)
33. Correct - but the editor buried it at the end of the article
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 03:46 PM
Mar 2020

Leading with information that seemed to imply that Gillum was one of the meth users.

 

janterry

(4,429 posts)
58. I'm not sure
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 07:24 AM
Mar 2020

From what I am reading, the other man is a male escort who was NOT there for a wedding.

The man who rented the room, Aldo Mejias, 53, said he went to the room before midnight on March 12. Mejias said that he found Dyson and Gillum “under the influence of an unknown substance.” Mejias said that Gillum had been vomiting into the toilet and that Dyson was unconscious. Mejias performed CPR on Dyson until the paramedics arrived.

Mejias had given his credit card to Dyson to rent the hotel room. Dyson describes Gillum as someone he has been friends with for awhile.

https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/andrew-gillum-in-alleged-meth-incident-in-miami-beach-police-say-11594094

ETA: original source is the police report

marble falls

(59,521 posts)
15. From Gillum ...
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 12:18 PM
Mar 2020

Sam Stein ✔ @samstein (MSNBC)

GILLUM: "I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines."

10:59 AM - Mar 13, 2020

mahina

(18,132 posts)
16. Looks like an opportunistic takedown of a talented future star and
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 12:23 PM
Mar 2020

Brother.

Nice, Sun Sentinel, putting his statement at the end.

There’s a % who will read to the end and it’s tiny. There’s a % who will always “know” that he was busted for drugs.

God damn it. What was he supposed to do, not go help?

Judi Lynn

(161,299 posts)
34. So glad you said that. They want him out of politics A.S.A.P. The wingers really hate him.
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 04:21 PM
Mar 2020

He has too much promise, and it's all positive, and they want to bring him down NOW before he picks up more steam.

I immediately looked to see if I could learn if the one who posted it is from Florida.

So many Democrats were watching this Governor's race, and expected this man to win, as he is FAR more qualified, and far cleaner than the sleazeball the Republicans put up.

How good it is to see your comments.

Haggis for Breakfast

(6,831 posts)
49. Yes, Judi, you're right.
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 11:45 PM
Mar 2020

Andrew Gillum is a good man and he was a great mayor for Tallahassee. But he scared the Florida bigots half to death with his popularity and they have been out to destroy him ever since. The Sun Sentinel isn't fit for bird cage bottoms. It is seldom more than 20 pages long, including the comics, it's more ads than news. The big paper down there is the Miami Herald, even for Broward residents.

Wait for the full story to emerge and then let's see if the Sentinel apologizes for the biased, slanted coverage. I won't hold my breath for that, but I also don't think Gillum is involved in drug usage.

Judi Lynn

(161,299 posts)
50. Tremendous comments. Florida bigots are rabid. They control 29 votes.
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 06:19 AM
Mar 2020

Will never forget their behavior during the 2000 Presidential recount. They had a hideous reputation long before that, too.

That article surely smells to high heaven. Shame on them. Typical.

Thank you so much for your post, HfB.

Haggis for Breakfast

(6,831 posts)
71. Judi - you are a gem.
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 09:05 PM
Mar 2020

I read all of your posts, and am especially grateful for the science posts. You keep me undated on so many interests I have.

Stay safe. Be careful.

mahina

(18,132 posts)
41. If he did drugs yes. See my post 16 above.
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 05:38 PM
Mar 2020

Looks like an opportunistic takedown of a talented future star and
Brother.

Nice, Sun Sentinel, putting his statement at the end.

There’s a % who will read to the end and it’s tiny. There’s a % who will always “know” that he was busted for drugs.

God damn it. What was he supposed to do, not go help?

dansolo

(5,378 posts)
52. Perhaps, but hanging out with meth users will kill most political careers
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 06:29 AM
Mar 2020

It may be opportunistic, but it was also completely irresponsible for him to be present while someone else was taking meth. Meth is illegal, and even if he wasn't taking it himself, he didn't attempt to stop the other person from taking it.

mahina

(18,132 posts)
54. How do you know they were hanging out?
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 06:34 AM
Mar 2020

What if he came in the room to help? I don’t know what happened and neither do you.

 

janterry

(4,429 posts)
51. He was throwing up in the bathroom
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 06:25 AM
Mar 2020

Last edited Sat Mar 14, 2020, 07:27 AM - Edit history (1)

when police arrived.

see my post #58. He might not have taken drugs, I don't know. but this was not a room rented for the wedding. And Gillum was not there by accident.

LisaL

(45,662 posts)
64. From what is described in the police report, due to being extremely intoxicated,
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 07:37 AM
Mar 2020

he was in no position to help anyone.

LisaL

(45,662 posts)
62. I am not sure what this had to do with a wedding to begin with.
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 07:35 AM
Mar 2020

It happened in a rented hotel room. Read the police report.

 

mr_lebowski

(33,643 posts)
26. Isn't the getting drunk part supposed to be after the wedding?
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 01:36 PM
Mar 2020

How about we don't maximize it before we know some details.

Being at the same wedding or even after-party (lots of times lots of people at weddings rent whole hotel room floors for the night after so everyone can continue to revel and not have to drive) as someone who did too much meth can REALLY not be someone's fault.

pnwmom

(109,170 posts)
45. Drunk in a hotel room with crystal meth present. No Democrat could get over something like this.
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 07:05 PM
Mar 2020

Trump yes, but a Democrat, no.

delisen

(6,212 posts)
67. I never say never to potential for political resurrection.
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 08:50 AM
Mar 2020

especially in a near future where we will have less and less privacy.

Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

madville

(7,417 posts)
48. Wow
Fri Mar 13, 2020, 10:49 PM
Mar 2020

There had been rumors that he had a male lover during the governors race (his friend that he took to the Hamilton play with the tickets he received in the ethics scandal), this certainly isn't going to help his image as a devoted family man.

Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

 

janterry

(4,429 posts)
59. Here is the police report
Sat Mar 14, 2020, 07:31 AM
Mar 2020

UPON ARRIVAL, MIAMI BEACH FIRE RESCUE (#11) WAS ON SCENE PROVIDING TREATMENT TO TRAVIS DYSON (PATIENT). MIAMI BEACH FIRE RESCUE ADVISED OFFICERS THAT MR. DYSON WAS BEING TREATED FOR A POSSIBLE DRUG OVERDOSE. HE WAS IN STABLE CONDITION BUT AS A PRECAUTION WAS GOING TO BE TRANSPORTED TO MOUNT SINAI FOR FURTHER MEDICAL TREATMENT (MBFR CASE #2020-4950). OFFICERS THEN MADE CONTACT WITH TWO OTHER MALES WHO WERE INSIDE OF THE HOTEL ROOM: ALDO MEJIAS (COMPLAINANT) AND ANDREW GILLUM (INVOLVED OTHER).

MR. MEJIAS STATED THE FOLLOWING TO OFFICERS: MR. MEJIAS PROVIDED HIS CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO TRAVIS DYSON TO RENT A HOTEL ROOM FOR THE NIGHT; MR. MEJIAS WAS TO MEET MR. DYSON LATER IN DAY. TRAVIS DYSON RENTED THE ROOM AT APPROXIMATELY 1600 HOURS ON 03/12/2020. MR. MEJIAS ARRIVED AT THE HOTEL AT APPROXIMATELY 2307 HOURS, WHERE HE DISCOVERED TRAVIS DYSON AND ANDREW GILLUM INSIDE THE ROOM UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF AN UNKNOWN SUBSTANCE. PER MR. MEJIAS, MR. DYSON OPENED THE HOTEL ROOM DOOR AND IMMEDIATELY WALKED OVER TO THE BED AND COLLAPSED IN A PRONE POSITION. MR. MEJIAS OBSERVED MR. GILLUM INSIDE OF THE BATHROOM VOMITING. MR. MEJIAS STATED THAT HE OBSERVED MR. DYSON HAVING DIFFICULTY BREATHING, PROMPTING HIM TO WAKE HIM UP. MR. DYSON THEN BEGAN VOMITING ON THE BED AND IMMEDIATELY COLLAPSED AGAIN. MR. MEJIAS BEGAN CONDUCTING CHEST COMPRESSIONS ON MR. DYSON AND PROCEEDED TO CONTACT POLICE AND FIRE RESCUE.OFFICERS THEN ATTEMPTED TO SPEAK TO MR. GILLUM. MR. GILLUM WAS UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH OFFICERS DUE TO HIS INEBRIATED STATE. MBFR (R1) RESPONDED A SECOND TIME TO THE HOTEL REFERENCE A WELFARE CHECK ON MR. GILLUM. FIRE RESCUE STATED THAT HE WAS IN STABLE CONDITION AND HIS VITALS WERE NORMAL (MBFR INCIDENT #2020-4952).

https://images.miaminewtimes.com/media/pdf/oi_2020-21902_redcated_copy_2.pdf

INSIDE OF THE HOTEL ROOM, OFFICERS OBSERVED IN PLAIN SIGHT THREE SMALL 2020-0002190203/13/20202033 GomezCase Page
CLEAR PLASTIC BAGGIES CONTAINING SUSPECTED CRYSTAL METH ON BOTH THE BED AND FLOOR OF THE HOTEL ROOM.

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