A Florida man is accused of having enough fentanyl to create 500,000 “potentially fatal” doses , according to authorities.
The Independent reports a Florida man was arrested carrying enough narcotic fentanyl to kill half a million people, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators searched the Brooksville home of David Gayle, 43, and discovered the man was selling narcotics after they found more than two pounds of the synthetic drug fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Small amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana were also found within the home.
The man was arrested on multiple drug possession charges as well as two charges relating to him selling heroin within 1000 feet from a church.
The amount of fentanyl found in Gayle’s home was enough to kill 500,000 people, according to a press release.
“Anyone who believes that illegal drug trafficking is a victimless crime does not understand the killing power in the roughly two pounds of drugs seized during this particular investigation,” Sheriff Al Nienhuis said in the press release.
“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,” he added.
Other charges Gayle faces include manufacturing drugs with a child present and trafficking fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Gayle already has an extensive criminal history, including possession of cocaine. He was being held in Hernando County jail on a $215,000 bond and could face life in prison if convicted.
Per The Hernando County’s Sheriff’s Office:
Re: Vice and Narcotics Search Warrant – 871 Josephine Street, Brooksville
Date: April 28, 2020
On 04-24-2020, detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit executed a residential search warrant at 871 Josephine Street in Brooksville.
Information was received regarding the distribution of narcotics occurring at this location.
Investigation revealed the resident, David Gayle B/M DOB/10-12-1976, was selling narcotics from the residence.
During the execution of the search warrant, a thorough search of the residence was conducted, which led to the discovery of a trafficking amounts (over 2.2 pounds) of fentanyl and methamphetamine. Detectives also located 6.6 grams of cocaine, 1.1 grams of oxycodone, 13.1 grams of hashish, .4 grams of marijuana, in addition to various drug paraphernalia.
This amount of fentanyl is capable of producing more than 500,000 potentially fatal doses of the synthetic drug.
Gayle was charged as follows:
– Trafficking in Fentanyl
– Trafficking in Methamphetamine
– Possession of Oxycodone
– Possession of Cocaine
– Possession of Marijuana
– Possession of Paraphernalia
– Possession of a Structure known for Manufacturing Drugs with a Minor Present.
In addition to the charges listed above, Gayle was also arrested on warrants for two counts each of the Sale of Heroin with 1,000 feet on a Place of Worship, Possession of Heroin with Intent to Sell, Possession of Conveyance for Sale of Heroin, Possession of Paraphernalia, and the Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device.
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. My Vice and Narcotics team is constantly doing their part to maintain Hernando County as a great place to live, work and play.”