Miami Beach Police release evidence — including photos — from Andrew Gillum hotel incident
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The incident prompted Gillum to enter rehab for alcohol abuse.

The Miami Beach Police Department has released a collection of evidence — including photographs and video — from a March incident involving former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum.

Last month, Gillum was found in a Miami Beach hotel room with another man who was suspected of overdosing on crystal meth. Gillum was also found heavily intoxicated, though he later released a statement denying taking any drugs and saying he had drank too much.

No arrests were made.

Much of the evidence released by Miami Beach Police has already circulated publicly, after the Daily Mail obtained photos from inside the hotel room.

That prompted Miami Beach Police to launch an investigation into how the photos were leaked. Many of the same photos were included in Wednesday’s release by the department.

They include photos purporting to show bags of crystal meth found on the floor as well as other pills.

“I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends,” Gillum said at the time.

“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 dispatch was “in reference to a cardiac arrest” involving an individual named Travis Dyson.

A third man, Aldo Mejias, was also present on the night in question. The police report says Mejias described the Gillum and Dyson as “under the influence of an unknown substance.” Again, Gillum asserts he had only been drinking.

“Mr. Mejias observed Mr. Gillum inside of the bathroom vomiting,” the report continued. Mejias then returned to Dyson, where he tried to conduct “chest compressions” and called police.

Upon arrival, “officers then attempted to speak to Mr. Gillum. Mr. Gillum was unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state.”

Fire rescue then “responded a second time to the hotel” regarding “a welfare check” on Mr. Gillum. Fire rescue stated that he was in stable condition and his vitals were normal.

According to a summary from Miami Beach Police, “Mr. Gillum left the hotel room and returned to his residence without incident.”

After the incident, Gillum pulled back from his public-facing roles and entered rehab for alcohol abuse.

“After conversation with my family and deep reflection, I have made the decision to seek help, guidance and enter a rehabilitation facility at this time,” Gillum said.

“Since my race for Governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person.”

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]


  • Netizen

    April 22, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Still NOT buying all the BS that is being put out by the media. Why would police let Gullium leave the scene driving knowing he was/had been drinking? Why was no one arrested? It makes me sick. If it had been anyone else, they would have been carted off to jail. Travis Dyson said he knew nothing about a wedding that Gullium was attending and Gullium was his good friend and Mejias’s credit card rented the room @ 4:30 pm that aftrmoon. Mrjias stated he got to room at 11pm but EMS wasn’t called until 1am! None of the are adding up to me!

  • Kevin Scott

    April 22, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Who has a Thursday wedding? They say he never showed. Male escort? Narcotics. Why were there no arrests? This is a cover up. Why no comments from Barack Obama and Oprah Winfey who pushed him for governor of Florida.

    • Eric

      April 22, 2020 at 7:59 pm

      Dude stop, this is a personal matter and not political. The police had every right to take these men to jail for illegal drugs. You can be arrested for being butt bangers.. The male escorts issue is something Gilliam has to take up with his wife. Now if we went to discuss the wedding lie; it was a lie. Now can we discuss trumps lies, can we discuss the cover up if Jeff Epstein? That was Clinton and trumps friend. What about stormy daniels? That is trumps personal matters. Now lying to the American people is a different deal. Gilliam harmed himself and his political career. Your president is a lying racist con artist……. why did trump downplay this pandemic and then turn around and lie? Well that’s all he does is lie… Obama mentioned this about 5 years ago that this could happen. Trump said no one knew about a possible pandemic. Dumb azz dude for real……

      • Cho

        April 22, 2020 at 9:02 pm

        Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t Trumps friend , Trump kicked him out of his hotel when he heard he was mistreating one of his staff , Clinton flew in Epstein’s plane 27 times , stormy was a broke pornstar seeking attention , look at her lawyer in prison , you must be Avanattis fan when he said he’s running for president taking on Trump.. when you said President is a lying racist you sounded like a white liberal man who seems to speak on behalf of us minorities , Dude stop …we can speak for ourselves we don’t need white liberals speaking for us. You people save your previous white babies but advocate to kill millions of black and Latino babies , you are such a hypocrite , oh btw did you know Obama was the one who funded the Wuhan lab in China that created corona virus , your lies just like the mainstream media doesn’t work with ordinary people like me and millions of others . Trump said he didn’t know and he’s being honest coz that’s the information he got from two Doctors both of them served under Obama administration. Dude stop being ignorant and wake up from being mentally enslaved ..white liberals are the worst hypocrites in this country . What a shame .

        • Henry Cotton

          April 23, 2020 at 9:13 am

          Every thing you said is straight facts.

        • steve o

          April 24, 2020 at 12:01 am

          iam sorry that happened to you or anyone honestly…we all have our dark side

      • Cho

        April 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm

        According to your comment Obama knew about this 5 years ago and funded the Wuhan lab and didn’t think he should warn about it , the blood is on his hands But you media sheeple are blaming this on Trump even though he took early action and didn’t let the Chinese come in USA, but that time you guys were accusing Trump of being racist … which part of racist you don’t understand ? Ohhh you are a white liberals calling other people racist .. every white liberals owned slaves and now you want to rewrite the history , shame on you . Seriously you sound sick .

      • Paul king

        April 22, 2020 at 10:34 pm

        You’re really really dumb

      • Henry Cotton

        April 23, 2020 at 9:10 am

        Stop deflecting this isnt about trump, and all what you are saying is covered in the media, why hasnt any media outlet cover this thats what you trump haters dont understand, we trump supporters know he’s not perfect all we ask is for the media to be bipartisan like they should.

      • Jen

        April 23, 2020 at 11:15 pm

        OMG! You really got brain washed by cnn! Tune in to OAN for some facts! No fake news!

  • Larry

    April 22, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    This is an old story and nothing is new what you are tell me us seems like the author is trying to get some attention! We have a governor that is doing a good job let not tear people down

  • Mark W Prager

    April 23, 2020 at 1:49 am

    You forgot the pic of him naked on the floor while his white male prostitute took his picture you can see his white feet in the pic.

  • Timeisaflatcircle

    April 23, 2020 at 8:08 am

    The whole thing is a parallel to the Coronavirus response. The Republicans aren’t doing the best job, but the Democratic alternative is a methed-out mess that’s living a lie.

  • Leeeee

    April 23, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Not a single politician out there is or ever was a saint….but sure Florida sure dodged a bullet here!

  • Brian Hutchings

    April 23, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Anyone else notice the Party Light Disco Ball box in on of the photos? Curious…

  • D

    April 23, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I don’t care about the politics of this situation, but this is what happened… Gillum and the escort took GHB or GBL. that’s what they were “overdosing” on, and it explains why Gillum was pretty much back to normal when the police conducted their welfare check. G is out of your system in a short period of time. I believe Gillum didn’t take meth… that would have been the escort. Guess the police didn’t find the G


    April 23, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    I’m happy Gillum didn’t win but disappointed about not all Broward county votes wasn’t counted…Guess DiSantis was best for Governor for Florida on ballot.

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