The meth lab explosion local media didn’t tell you about

Once upon a time a meth lab exploded in an Alpharetta apartment – and local media never said a word.


Meth seized in a 2012 drug bust in Alpharetta. Photo courtesy of

Last week a Federal grand jury handed down 17 indictments to suspected members of a Mexican drug ring. This blogger found the story this week in the website of the Revue and News. One of the indicted was from Alpharetta. But way down in the story is mention of a January 3rd discovery of a meth lab.
That’s the part that jumped out at me.

On the evening of January 3rd, 2014 an apartment exploded in the Alara North Point complex off Haynes Bridge. No one was hurt in the explosion which blew the doors and blinds of the apartment out, landing in the trees outside. Police were called to the scene who discovered an operational methamphetamine laboratory. They also seized 11 pounds of crystal meth in the bust.

I was astonished at the story, mainly because I never knew about it. WSBtv out of Atlanta covered the story, as did the CBS affiliate. But on most days I don’t get my local news by watching Atlanta television.

None of the local weekly newspapers covered the story five months ago. Not the Revue and News, the Neighbor and certainly the Alpharetta Patch missed it. This blogger of course did as well.

Was it because we were coming off the long Christmas and New Years holiday break? Perhaps.

Or was the story kept on the down-low? WSB’s reporter mentioned in his January 4th report that police were being “tight-lipped”. Certainly it’s not the news narrative we’re accustomed to seeing coming out of this community.

Either way, five months ago or now, this is frightening stuff. I’m disappointed that local media (including myself) didn’t bring this story to the community. And I continue to be amazed at how Atlanta television runs circles around north Fulton-based journalists.

3 Responses to “The meth lab explosion local media didn’t tell you about”

  1. Michael June 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    The reason being the local media doesn’t want to hurt the perfect harmony and picturesque image of Alpharetta. If it was Forsyth County they would be all over it.

  2. ben June 6, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    Probably not. They call that Tuesday.

  3. Eric June 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    It makes me snicker when 11Alive brands itself as “holding the powerful accountable.” Our state is one that has really poor ethics with those in office (regardless of party, high ranking, low ranking, any ranking officials) and a press that seems to be in bed with those in power.

    Lee, it’s appreciated that you’ve posted about the event and it would be nice to see real journalism occur in Metro Atlanta. Keeping stories buried to continue to project an image doesn’t help the community deal with reality on the ground. The community should know about events in a forthright manner from our officials and law enforcement. It seems as though everything gets snowballed with the tag of public safety.

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