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Prosecutors: man charged in Alton bombing angry of drug deal

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ALTON, Ill. (AP) _ Authorities say an Illinois man charged with triggering two small bombs in his van was angry over a botched drug deal.

Richard Lee Johnson of Bethalto is suspected of setting off the homemade pipe bombs in Alton in late April.

Federal court documents reviewed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) indicate that the 27-year-old Johnson allegedly threatened to blow up a woman’s home after she took $50 from him in exchange for pills that she failed to provide.

The woman said she later saw Johnson outside her home igniting an explosive device as a warning.

He’s accused of setting off the bombs four days later in an explosion in which only Johnson was injured.

Johnson remained in federal custody Sunday. His federal public defenders could not be reached for comment.

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