BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man is facing multiple drug charges after Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies said he had enough fentanyl to kill as many as 500,000 people. 

On April 24, detectives executed a residential search warrant at 871 Josephine St. in Brooksville after receiving information about the distribution of narcotics there. Deputies said an investigation revealed the resident, David Gayle, 44, was selling narcotics from the residence.

During the execution of the search warrant, deputies said a search of the residence led to the discovery of more than 2.2 pounds of fentanyl and methamphetamine. Detectives also said they located 6.6 grams of cocaine, 1.1 grams of oxycodone, 13.1 grams of hashish, .4 grams of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.

Gayle was charged with trafficking in fentanyl and methamphetamine, and possession of oxycodone, cocaine, marijuana, paraphernalia, and possession of a structure known for manufacturing drugs with a minor present.

In addition, he was also arrested on warrants for two counts each of the sale of heroin within 1,000 feet on a place of worship, possession of heroin with intent to sell and other drug charges.

Gayle’s bond was set at $215,000.

“Anyone who believes that illegal drug trafficking is a victimless crime does not understand the killing power in the roughly 2 pounds of drugs seized during this particular investigation,” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis. “We can never measure what we prevent, but it is a very good bet that this quantity of fentanyl would have resulted in a number of overdose deaths right here in Hernando County. Fortunately, if convicted, this dealer, due to his extensive criminal history, faces life in prison. Our hope is that this sends a clear message that drug trafficking is not tolerated in Hernando County.”