Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, was mentioned in a Miami Beach police report on an incident involving a man overdosing on crystal meth at a hotel. Police reported Gillum was “under the influence of an unknown substance.”
The report found “clear plastic baggies containing suspected crystal meth on both the bed and floor of the hotel room.”
Officers attempted to speak with Gillum but he “was unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state.”
A welfare check on Gillum found he “was in stable condition and his vitals were normal.” The report added that he left the hotel without incident.
Florida Politics reported that CNN confirmed that Gillum, who is a contributor to that network, was in South Florida for a wedding.
Gillum released a statement on Friday.
“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,” he said. “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,” Gillum added.