Second man charged in meth lab explosion

From staff reportsAugust 27, 2012 

— Police have arrested a second man they think is connected to a methamphetamine lab explosion that rocked a quiet, Northwest Raleigh neighborhood on Aug. 8.

Allen A. Peterson, Jr., 44, of 2708 Pidgeon Hall Road, is charged with one felony count each of maintaining a vehicle and dwelling place for a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine, according to arrest warrants filed Monday at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.

Detectives say they found evidence of a meth lab at the home and charged Ralph Edward Bradsher, 48, with maintaining a dwelling place for a controlled substance. Peterson’s Pidgeon Hill Road home is in a middle-class subdivision off Ray Road about 3.5 miles north of Crabtree Valley Mall.

Making methamphetamine involves a volatile combination of chemicals under pressure, but tablets of pseudoephedrine are the main ingredient needed.

The substance can be inhaled, smoked, injected or swallowed. It is a powerful stimulant that creates a quick, intense euphoria. Considered by some to be more addictive than crack cocaine, it can keep users awake for days at a time, during which they may hallucinate and become agitated or violent.

Peterson was not at home when the explosion occurred, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue. But investigators think he was responsible for the chemicals they found inside of the home that are used to manufacture the illegal drug, Sughrue said.

Bradsher and Peterson both are being held at the Wake County jail, a jail spokeswoman confirmed Monday. Brasher’s bail is set at $25,000; Peterson’s bail is $50,000, according to court records.

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