Andrew Gillum, who in 2018 came within 34,000 votes of becoming Florida’s governor, was discovered by police at a South Beach hotel early Friday morning in a room with bags of possible crystal meth and in the company of a man who appeared to have overdosed on drugs, according to a Miami Beach police report.
Police say they were called to the Mondrian South Beach early Friday morning and found paramedics treating Travis Dyson, a 30-year-old Miami man, for an apparent heart attack. They say two other men were in the room: Aldo Mejias and Gillum.
Police say Gillum, who was not arrested, was too intoxicated to answer questions. An offense incident report says that officers found three clear plastic baggies of suspected crystal meth on the bed and floor.
Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor and a Democrat, issued a statement Friday afternoon in which he denied using drugs.
“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,” he said. “I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.”
According to police, Mejias told officers that he gave his credit card information to Dyson to rent the room and planned to meet him Friday evening. When he went to the room after 11 p.m., Mejias said he found Dyson and Gillum “under the influence of an unknown substance.”
Mejias, 56, said Dyson opened the door to Room 1107 to let him in and then collapsed on the bed. He said Dyson was having trouble breathing, so he woke him up. Dyson then vomited and collapsed again, so Mejias said he performed chest compressions on Dyson and called paramedics.
Mejias told police he saw Gillum, 40, vomit in the bathroom.
Police say Dyson was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center in stable condition. They returned to check on Gillum, who was allowed to return home “without incident.”
No arrests were made and none are expected, said Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez. He said police impounded the drugs.
“We responded as a medical call,” he said. “Though there were narcotics in plain view, no one was in physical possession of those narcotics.”
Asked if police typically don’t make arrests when small amounts of drugs are found, the spokesman said it depends on the situation.
“Officers are not going to make an arrest every time they go into a house and drugs are found. Every situation is different,” he said.
Gillum, who was mayor of Tallahassee from 2014 through 2018, thanked Miami Beach paramedics in his statement and said he’ll “spend the next few weeks with my family and [would] appreciate privacy during this time.”
Following his loss in the 2018 Florida gubernatorial race to Republican Ron DeSantis, Gillum has remained an important player for Democrats in the state. His political organization is overseeing an ambitious push to register or “reengage” 1 million voters before the November election, and he remains among the most prominent Democrats due to a political analyst gig with CNN.
Attempts to reach Mejias and Dyson by phone on Friday were not immediately successful. Dyson told Miami New Times that he has been friends with Gillum “for a while,” but did not know anything about a wedding.
According to public records, Dyson is a registered nurse who lives in Brickell. His Instagram account features selfies in scrubs and a medical coat. The page also features numerous photos of Dyson, clearly a body builder, posing on the beach, on boats or at night spots with friends, including his fiance. His public Instagram account was turned private sometime Friday afternoon.
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Source: Miami Herald
The Devil is a Lie: Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum, Who Almost Became Governor of Florida, is Found Drunk in Hotel With Homosexual Escort Found Overdosed on Meth
This is the gay escort found naked and overdosing on crystal meth in a hotel room with a leading Democrat, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Andrew Gillum, a married father-of-three who narrowly missed out on becoming Florida’s first black governor, was too ‘inebriated’ to speak when cops arrived at the ritzy Mondrian Hotel in Miami’s South Beach party district.
He was inside the room early Friday with two more men, one of them a 30-year-old male escort named Travis Dyson who was being treated by paramedics for a suspected drug overdose.
Cops found three plastic bags of suspected crystal meth and the third man present, Aldo Mejias, 56, told officers that Gillum and Dyson had been ‘under the influence of an unknown substance’, according to a police report obtained by DailyMail.com.
The report also noted that 40-year-old Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor and regular CNN contributor, was seen vomiting in the bathroom and required a welfare check to see if he was okay.
Police are not pressing charges over the incident and Gillum denies taking drugs, however he later issued a groveling apology over his behavior.
‘I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,’ he said in a statement. ‘While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamine.
‘I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement.’
Miami Beach resident Dyson describes himself as a trauma certified ER nurse on social media, where he posts photos of himself working out in the gym, partying at gay nightspots and lounging on luxury yachts.
But DailyMail.com can reveal he also posts explicit photos and homemade porn movies online and has previously had a profile on the Rent.men website, which advertises male escorts and sex workers.
It is not clear how he is connected to Gillum, who narrowly missed out on becoming Florida governor in 2018 when he lost the gubernatorial election to Republican Ron DeSantis.
Gillum met his wife R. Jai Howard while they were studying at Florida A & M and together they have three young children.
When contacted by the Miami New Times, Dyson said he had known Gillum ‘for a while’ but didn’t know anything about a wedding.
According to the Miami Beach Police Department, officers were called out at 12:55am after reports of a guest suffering a cardiac arrest at the four-star Mondrian Hotel, where room costs upwards of $220 per night.
They arrived to find paramedics performing first aid on Dyson in the wake of ‘a suspected drug overdose’ and preparing to take him to the hospital.
Mejias – described in the report as ‘the complainant’ – told officers he had given his credit card details to Dyson on Thursday afternoon to rent a hotel room.
‘Mr Mejias arrived at the hotel at approximately 23:07 hours where he discovered Travis Dyson and Andrew Gillum inside the room under the influence of an unknown substance,’ the report states.
‘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 die to his inebriated state.’
The report says officers performed several welfare checks on Gillum and he was described as being ‘in stable condition and his vitals are normal.’
Dyson, meanwhile, was conscious and in stable condition in the hospital.
‘Inside of the hotel room, officers observed in plain sight three small clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room,’ the report went on.
‘Mr Gillum left the hotel room and returned to his residence without incident.’
No arrests were made and police do not plan on bringing charges.
‘At this time the incident is not being investigated as a criminal matter,’ said a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department.
Source: Daily Mail