After news broke that a police report named him in an alleged crystal meth-involved drug overdose call, former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current CNN contributor Andrew Gillum responded Friday morning to the allegations.
“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” the former Tallahassee mayor said, as reported by the Miami Herald’s David Smiley. “While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines.”
The police report (below), first obtained and reported on by the Miami New Times, details an emergency call to a hotel room in Miami Beach that involved three men, two of whom first responders suspected of suffering extreme effects from drug use.
Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee who lost to Republican Ron DeSantis in the hotly contested 2018 gubernatorial race, was one of the two men the police report describes as appearing to be “under the influence of an unknown substance.”
“Inside of the hotel room, officers observed in plain sight three small clear plastic baggies containing suspected meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room,” the report states. “The three small baggies of suspected narcotics were impounded at the Miami Beach police station property and evidence unit for destruction.”
The Miami New Times reports:
Per the documents, Miami Beach police responded to a cardiac-arrest distress call just before 1 a.m. at the luxe Mondrian South Beach hotel. When two MBPD officers arrived, they noted that Miami Beach Fire-Rescue was already on scene treating a man named Travis Dyson for a possible drug overdose, but he was in stable condition.
The officers stated that one of the men involved in the incident, Aldo Mejias, had lent Dyson his credit card information to rent a hotel room yesterday. The two men were supposed to meet later that day. Mejias told the officers that he arrived at the hotel room around 11 p.m. yesterday. Mejias said Dyson opened the door and then immediately collapsed on a bed and started vomiting. Mejias said he began giving Dyson CPR and called 911.
In the meantime, Mejias said Gillum was inside the hotel room “under the influence of an unknown substance.”
The police report states that upon arriving in the room, Meijas says he “observed Mr. Gillum inside the bathroom vomiting.” After the responding officers spoke with Mejias, the report states, they “attempted to speak to Mr. Gillum,” but “Mr. Gillum was unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state.”
Miami Beach Fire-Rescue responded a second time to the hotel later that night for a welfare check on Gillum and said that he was “in stable condition and his vitals were normal.”
“Gillum left the hotel room and returned to his residence without incident,” the report states.
Police say the incident is not being treated as a criminal matter, the New Times reports.
Full text of the incident report narrative section below (formatting adjusted):
ON 03/13/2020, OFFICERS GOMEZ (2033) AND MALDONADO (2030) RESPONDED IN EMERGENCY MODE TO 1100 WEST AVENUE ROOM #1107 IN REFERENCE TO A CARDIAC ARREST.
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).
OFFICER PASCUAL (2049) RESPONDED TO MT. SINAI TO CHECK ON THE WELFARE OF MR. DYSON. THE REGISTERED NURSE AT MOUNT SINAI (JUDITH) STATED THAT MR. DYSON WAS CONSCIOUS AND IN STABLE CONDITION.
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 THREE SMALL BAGGIES OF SUSPECTED NARCOTICS WERE IMPOUNDED AT THE MIAMI BEACH POLICE STATION PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE UNIT FOR DESTRUCTION.
GILLUM LEFT THE HOTEL ROOM AND RETURNED TO HIS RESIDENCE WITHOUT INCIDENT .