Andrew Gillum Clears Confusion After Allegedly Being In Hotel Room Where There Was Crystal Meth
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March 13, 2020 at 4:12 pm
Confusion broke out on Friday morning when former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum was alleged to be involved in a crystal meth incident in a Miami Beach hotel. According to the police report, Gillum was inside the hotel room with two other men when Miami Beach Fire Rescue crews responded to a suspected drug overdose.
Police said the man who received treatment for possible drug overdose was 30-year-old Travis Dyson. The other man in the hotel with Gillum was Aldo Mejias, 56.
#BREAKING: Andrew Gillum was in an "inebriated state" on scene of "possible drug overdose" at Mondrian South Beach Hotel early this morning with "clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth," according to @MiamiBeachPD report pic.twitter.com/4tWzkdU4GL
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With news spreading fast, Gillum released a statement to clarify that he didn't use meth and he was only helping a friend.
"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 methamphetamine," he said.
The 40-year-old apologized "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," he said. "I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time."
Gillum statement: "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."
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Police said Mejias gave Dyson his credit card information to rent a hotel room for the night. Mejias arrived at the room later that night, finding Dyson and Gillum inside the hotel room, appearing to be "under the influence of an unknown substance," the police report read.
According to police, Mejias said he called police after Dyson collapsed twice in the hotel room and began vomiting on the bed. Gillum "was too inebriated" when police tried to talk to him, according to the report. However, fire crews said the 40-year-old "was in stable condition and his vitals were normal."
Officers said they found three small clear bags inside the hotel room containing suspected crystal meth. While Dyson was taken for treatment, police said Gillum left the hotel room and "returned to his residence without incident.”
The Miami New Times reached out to Travis Dyson for comment on the situation.
"I personally was not celebrating a wedding. I don't know if [Gillum] was in town for a wedding. He did not mention that," Dyson reportedly told the publication.
He added that he'd known Dyson for almost a year.
"We've been friends for a while," Dyson added.