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LOS ANGELES – A West Hollywood man is being taken in to federal custody this afternoon after being charged in United States District Court with providing methamphetamine to a Gemmel Moore who died after receiving the drug intravenously in 2017.

Edward Buck, 65, is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court later this afternoon. Buck was named in a federal criminal complaint filed last night that charges him with one count of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death.

“We are seeking detention because we believe that he poses a significant risk to public safety,” U.S. Attorney Nicola Hanna said at a news conference.

Hanna added that the victims in the case were homeless men vulnerable to exploitation or “other disadvantaged individuals.”

Buck also faces charges, including operating a drug house, that were filed earlier this week by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The DA said in a press conference today that the state charges would be on hold pending the outcome of the federal case. Buck appeared in criminal court in Los Angeles on Thursday in connection with the state charges.

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Aside from two men who died of overdoses, investigators have identified at least nine other victims who said Buck administered or encouraged them to take narcotics and be paid for sexual services, Hanna said.

The federal case has been under investigation since June and because of differences in law result in more serious charges than can be brought under state law. There is not a similar state law for distribution of drugs resulting in death.

Joint press conference after federal charges were announced.

The complaint alleges that Buck provided methamphetamine that directly resulted in the overdose death of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, who died in Buck’s apartment on July 27, 2017.

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The criminal complaint further alleges that another man died in Buck’s apartment from a drug overdose earlier this year, and that Buck provided narcotics to a series of other men, one of whom suffered two overdoses several weeks ago.

If convicted of the drug distribution offense alleged in the complaint, Buck would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life without parole.

The federal matter is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and is being conducted with the support of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Brittney M. Harris and Chelsea C. Norell of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section.

Author: Staff

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  1. Ryan Robert Gierach

    September 19, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    It took some doing, but he is down for good this time.

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