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Suspected Meth Manufacturer Arrested At Home After Meth Lab Fire

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A suspected meth manufacturer is behind bars after returning to his home that caught fire Thursday night.

Ralph "Fast Eddie" Stroud is charged with manufacturing meth, and burning of a home, both felonies.

Multiple fire departments were called to Stroud's home on Highway 11 near Pink Hill after it caught fire. They returned Friday morning when that fire flared back up.

Sheriff Chris Hill says he is very confident there was a meth lab in the home, and that meth ingredients exploded, sparking the fire.

Stroud was out on bond for a previous meth arrest when Thursday night's fire occurred.

He was arrested back in August and released on a $200,000 secured bond. Now, Stroud is jailed on a $400,000 secured bond.

"This investigation will continue and I expect other charges may be filed against Stroud," said Sheriff Hill. "Although he is innocent until proven guilty, he has demonstrated through his actions his disregard for the law and shown that he is a danger to this area and I hope that is taken into account when he sees his day in court."


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Multiple fire departments were called to the scene of a fire that flared up again in the Pink Hill area of Lenoir County just before 5:00 a.m.

As of 7:45 a.m., Highway 11 in both directions was open with no delays.

Officials say ingredients to make meth were discovered inside the home at 5626 Highway 11 in Pink Hill last night.

Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill says while last night there were concerns of chemicals dispersing in the air, that is not a concern this morning despite the rekindling.

Sheriff Hill says they can't say for sure at this point if the meth was the cause of the fire.

Sheriff Hill says they are currently looking for Ralph "Fast Eddie" Stroud, who lives at the home that caught on fire and is out on bond from other meth charges.


Fire crews in Lenoir County say ingredients to make meth have been discovered inside a house that caught on fire.

The fire broke out after 7:00 p.m. at 5626 Highway 11 in Pink Hill.

The Southbound lanes of Highway 11 in that area were closed.

Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill says they can't say for sure at this point if the meth is the cause of the fire.

Sheriff Hill says they are currently looking for Ralph "Fast Eddie" Stroud, who lived at the address and is out on bond from other meth charges.

Stroud and two others were arrested on meth charges back in August by the sheriff's office after a four-month investigation.

Prior to that arrest, Hill says Stroud had been to prison twice for manufacturing methamphetamine.

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