Man Arrested 5 Times For “Huffing”

A 27 year-old man has been arrested for the fifth time in the past 7 months for inhaling toxic fumes from aerosol cans. It is commonly called “huffing.”

Daniel Paul Drewery’s most recent arrest occurred around 8:40am on June 2nd after being found in a Ford pickup truck in the Smithfield Plaza Shopping Center on North Brightleaf Boulevard. Police said they seized a 20 ounce can of compressed gas from the suspect.

Drewery was first arrested on October 26th and released from custody only to be charged three days later – October 29, 2016 – with the same offense. He appeared before a judge on both charges. He was given a 45 day suspended sentence on the condition he remain on probation for 12 months.

On April 6th, Smithfield Police arrested Drewry the third time after he was found passed out in his vehicle at a boat ramp next to the Neuse River on US 301 South. Four aerosol cans of Dust Off were found, including one in the hand of the unconscious man.  The misdemeanor charge was later dismissed.

On May 12th,  Drewery was arrested the fourth time. He pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 20 days in jail and was given credit for time served awaiting trial.  After being released from custody, Drewry was arrested June 2nd. That charge is still pending.

Under state law, it is unlawful to intentionally smell or inhale fumes of any type of substance for the purpose of inducing intoxication, elation, euphoria, dizziness or excitement.

When he was first arrested in 2016, Drewry was living at an address in Four Oaks. On his most recent arrest report, police listed him as being homeless.

He was also charged with two similar incidents in Harnett County dating back to 2014.

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  • carter

    Needs HELP!

  • im2bizzy

    How are repeated arrests addressing this addiction? Money spent locking him up and marching through court is wasted. He’s an addict. Until he gets treatment for that he’s gonna huff.

  • Edie Warren

    If he wants to kill himself this way, no amount of arrests or jail time is going to stop him. It’s because of people like him that we have to show ID when buying certain types of medicine, what now? Are we going to have to show ID when buying a can of aerosol hair spray, compressed air or how about PAM cooking spray?? We can’t save people from themselves.

  • Teresa Walker

    Well my opinion on this is,he doesn’t want help or he would ask. You have to WANT TO STOP USING AND WANT HELP TO GET HELP. YOU HAVE TO HELP YOURSELF 1ST BEFORE ANYONE ELSE CAN!!

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  • carter

    Needs HELP!

  • im2bizzy

    How are repeated arrests addressing this addiction? Money spent locking him up and marching through court is wasted. He’s an addict. Until he gets treatment for that he’s gonna huff.

  • Edie Warren

    If he wants to kill himself this way, no amount of arrests or jail time is going to stop him. It’s because of people like him that we have to show ID when buying certain types of medicine, what now? Are we going to have to show ID when buying a can of aerosol hair spray, compressed air or how about PAM cooking spray?? We can’t save people from themselves.

  • Teresa Walker

    Well my opinion on this is,he doesn’t want help or he would ask. You have to WANT TO STOP USING AND WANT HELP TO GET HELP. YOU HAVE TO HELP YOURSELF 1ST BEFORE ANYONE ELSE CAN!!