Police said they found a 6-month-old and dogs living inside a house suspected of being a drug manufacturing hub.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Cops: 6-month-old, multiple dogs found living in ‘filthy’ drug house in Alpharetta

Four people were arrested on numerous charges after Alpharetta police raided a house they suspected was a drug manufacturing hub and found a 6-month-old and multiple dogs inside. 

Justin Walker, Randolph Echols, Preston Nolan and Swantia Lawler were all taken into custody in connection with the incident, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

Police told the news station they received tips from people in the neighborhood that the home was used to manufacture drugs. 

When authorities obtained a warrant to search the house, they found countless drugs inside, Alpharetta police spokesman Sgt. Howard Miller told Channel 2. 

“They found heroin, meth, prescription pills that were illegally obtained and other drugs inside the home,” he said. 


The house was filthy, Miller said. The temperature inside was over 90 degrees, and it lacked food, water and air. He said there was trash everywhere, as well as drug paraphernalia and edged weapons lying on the floor. 

Officers found the toddler living in those conditions, Miller said. They also found dogs, one of which was badly injured with an untreated broken leg, Miller said. 

Police said the 6-month-old’s grandparents took custody after child protective services got involved. The dogs are in the care of Fulton County Animal Control, Channel 2 reported. 

Walker, Echols and Nolan were all booked into the Fulton County jail. Jail records show Walker is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and is being held on a $5,000 bond; Echols remains in jail on a $1,500 bond and is charged with possession and use of drug-related objects and possession of cocaine; Nolan faces charges of possession and use of drug-related objects and purchase, possession or control of a controlled substance and is being held on a $3,500 bond. 

Lawler’s charges and bond information was not available.

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