These four people were arrested after police raided an alleged drug house in Alpharetta. The dog show at the top is one of the two taken by county animal services staff.
Photo: Alpharetta Department of Public Safety
Photo: Alpharetta Department of Public Safety

Police raid ‘filthy’ alleged Alpharetta drug house, remove baby and dogs

Officers raided a north Fulton County drug house, finding narcotics along with a baby and two dogs in unfit conditions, Alpharetta police said Tuesday.

A drug task force between the cities of Johns Creek and Alpharetta along with Forsyth County raided the home in the 400 block of Michael Drive on Thursday. 

The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety  announced on Facebook that four people were arrested on felony charges: Justin Walker, Randolph Echols, Preston Nolan and Swantia’ Lawler.

Officers found heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine and illegal prescription pills throughout the home. The house is in a neighborhood off Maxwell Road and about a mile north of North Point Mall.

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“The house was filthy with rotting food, used syringes and other drug-related objects, and knives covering the floor,” according to the department.

Living in those conditions with one of his parents was a 6-month-old boy, police said. Division of Family and Children Services staff turned the boy over to his grandparents.

Officers also found two dogs living in a closed trailer in the backyard. With an outside temperature of 90 degrees, the dogs had no food or water, according to the department.

Police said the malnourished animals were turned over to Fulton County Animal Control and are recovering. The police department said officers believe one of the dogs might have a broken leg that has gone untreated.

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Echols, of Smyrna, was released Friday on a $1,500 bond on his charges of possessing cocaine and drug-related objects. Nolan, of Alpharetta, was released Saturday on a $3,500 bond facing two drug possession charges.

Lawler, of Atlanta, was booked on a single child cruelty count. She remained in jail Wednesday without bond.

Walker, of Alpharetta, faces charges of heroin sale/possession and cruelty to animals, according to Fulton jail records. As of Wednesday, he remained in jail with a $20,000 bond.

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