Former Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Andrew Gillum, was involved in a suspected crystal meth incident at a Miami Beach hotel with two other males early Friday morning, according to a police report.
One of the men called Miami Beach Fire Rescue shortly before 1 a.m. regarding a suspected drug overdose after he observed the other men vomiting in the room.
Aldo Mejias, 56, told officers that he gave Travis Dyson, 30, his credit card information to rent a hotel room for the night and was to meet him at the hotel room later that night.
Mejias arrived at the hotel room at about 11:07 pm and found Dyson and Gillum inside, “under the influence of an unknown substance,” according to the report.
After Dyson let Mejias inside, he reportedly “immediately walked to the bed and collapsed in a prone position.” Mejias observed Gillum in the bathroom vomiting, the report says.
He told officers Dyson was having difficulty breathing, prompting him to wake him up. Dyson then began vomiting on the bed before collapsing a second time, according to the report.
Mejias said he conducted chest compressions on Dyson before calling Fire and Rescue.
According to the police report, officers who responded to the hotel tried to speak with Gillum but he was “unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state.”
Dyson was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center and was in stable condition when an officer did a welfare check later on.
Three clear plastic bags containing suspected crystal meth were found on the floor and bed inside the hotel room and impounded as evidence.
When an officer returned to the hotel to do a welfare check on Gillum, he was in stable condition and his vitals were normal, the report states.
Gillum was allowed to leave the hotel room and return to his residence “without incident.”
Gillum released a statement Friday that saying he was at a wedding Thursday night and was drinking, but denied taking any methamphetamines.
“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said in the statement. “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.
“I’m thankful to the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts. I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time.”
The Democrat had no explanation as to why he was in the hotel room with the two other men and the crystal meth.
American Greatness reached out to the Miami Beach Police Department for comment, but did not immediately receive a reply. It’s unclear whether any of the men involved will face drug-related charges.
Gillum and his former campaign treasurer Adam Corey were both the subjects of a Florida ethics investigation and an FBI corruption probe, stemming from his time as the Mayor of Tallahassee. Gillum, who is married, and Corey were rumored to have been in a long term intimate relationship.
The former mayor’s name has been suggested as a potential vice-presidential candidate on the Democrat ticket.
“Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, Florida gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Rep. Val Demings (Fla.), who rose on the national stage as a House impeachment manager earlier this year, have all been mentioned as potential choices,” the Washington Post reported on Friday.
Former Obama Campaign manager David Plouffe recently had Gillum on his podcast to discuss the 2020 race.
And former president Barack Obama campaigned for Gillum when he ran for president in 2018:
Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Miami for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum: "The stakes really are that high … America is at a crossroads" pic.twitter.com/4nRzS9d5Sf
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 2, 2018
Gillum in 2018 came within 34,000 votes of becoming Florida’s governor.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz responded to the burgeoning scandal on Twitter:
Everyone should respect @AndrewGillum’s privacy as he explains why he was one of three men in a hotel room w 3 bags of meth, too impaired to talk to first responders.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 13, 2020
There is only one of us who gets methed-out in hotel rooms with guys in Miami…..YOU!!! https://t.co/HgbuMbpEnm
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 13, 2020
Ernesto Rodriguez of the Miami Beach Police Dept. responded to American Greatness, saying, “At this time the incident is not being investigated as a criminal matter.”
Rodriguez didn’t explain why the incident was not being investigated as a criminal matter after three bags of crystal meth were found in the room.
Possession of Methamphetamine under Florida Statute § 893.13(6)(a), is a third degree felony.