Andrew Gillum says he’s ‘never used methamphetamines’ after Miami hotel room incident

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  • The 2018 Democratic nominee in the Florida governor’s race was the recipient of a “welfare check” by Miami Police during a response to a methamphetamine overdose in a hotel room, according to the Miami New Times.
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  • Andrew Gillum, 40, widely considered to be a rising star in the Democratic Party, left the hotel room “without incident” and has not been charged with a crime.
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  • “I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said in a statement to the Miami Herald. “While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines.”
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  • In an incident report obtained by the New Times, small baggies of “suspected crystal meth” were found in the same hotel room where Gillum was reportedly vomiting in the bathroom and “unable to communicate due to his inebriated state.”
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Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor 0f Florida who is widely considered to be a rising star in the Democratic Party, was allegedly found by police “inebriated” and vomiting in the bathroom of a hotel room where a methamphetamine overdose occurred, according to an incident report obtained by the Miami New Times.

Responding to a cardiac-arrest call at the Mondrian South Beach shortly before 1 a.m., Miami Police and Miami Beach Fire Rescue found one of Gillum’s friends, Travis Dyson, in stable condition after a reported crystal meth overdose, according to the report.

Baggies of “suspected crystal meth” were found in the hotel room, which Gillum left “without incident,” according to the New Times.

Gillum later issued a statement on the incident – which is not being treated as a criminal matter – to a Miami Herald reporter.

“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said. “While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines.”

A third man, Aldo Mejias, provided a statement to police saying Gillum was in the hotel room “under the influence of an unknown substance,” and while Mejias performed CPR on Dyson, Gillum was vomitting in the bathroom and unable to communicate due to his inebriated state.

Miami police later came back to the hotel room to perform a “welfare check” on Gillum, who was reportedly in stable condition before heading home.