UPDATE: 2:25 p.m. ET, March 13 –
A reporter for the Miami New Times has since spoken to Travis Dyson, a man with Gillum in the hotel room who said the former mayor of Tallahassee did not make mention of attending a wedding.
“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 said. Dyson added that he has known Gillum “for a while,” according to the report, which dated their friendship back to last spring.
Dyson then “went silent on the phone and did not answer subsequent calls from News Times,” the updated report said.
Andrew Gillum, former Florida gubernatorial candidate who also served as the mayor of Tallahassee from 2014 to 2018, has allegedly been involved in a suspected crystal meth incident at a Miami Beach hotel early Friday morning, according to a report from the Miami New Times.
Gillum has denied use of the drug, saying in a statement to Miami Herald reporter David Smiley, “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.”
According to the Miami New Times, a police report claimed that Miami Beach Police Department were called to the Mondrian Hotel at 1100 West Avenue just before 1 a.m. pertaining to a suspected drug overdose. Gillum and two other men were inside of the hotel room. The report noted that the Miami Beach Fire-Rescue arrived at the scene to treat a possible overdose for a man named Travis Dyson, who was in stable condition.
One of the men, Aldo Mejias, told officers that he gave Dyson his credit card information Thursday afternoon to book a hotel room for the evening. The men were supposed to reconvene later that day. Mejias reportedly told officers that when he arrived at the hotel room around 11 p.m. Thursday night, Dyson opened the door, collapsed on the bed and began regurgitating. Mejias said he gave Dyson CPR and called the paramedics. He also said that while giving Dyson CPR, Gillum was in the bathroom, vomiting, according to the report.
Officers attempted to speak with Gillum but were unable to “due to his inebriated state.” Miami Beach Fire-Rescue said they returned to the hotel a second time to do a “welfare check” on Gillum, who authorities said by that time was stable and had normal vitals.
According to the police report, officers found three small baggies of “suspected crystal meth,” which were located on the bed and floor in the hotel room. The suspected drugs were taken as evidence, Miami’s Local 10 reports.
Officers said that Gillum left the Mondrian Hotel room “without incident” and returned to his home.
“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,” Gillum added in the statement.
According to the Miami New Times, “the incident is not being treated as a criminal matter.”