DEPUTIES: Meth Lab Blows Up In Lenoir County

An explosion Friday morning alerted lawmen to a meth lab in southern Lenoir County.

Joseph Alphin is facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamines.

Deputies say a utility building on Mark N. Smith Road blew up around 6:00 a.m. A person driving by reported the explosion to authorities.

Authorities found that someone had been using the building to cook crystal meth. Inside they found a refrigerator that apparently held chemicals that exploded. Deputies say the blast was so intense that it moved the building off its foundation.

The SBI was at the scene collecting evidence from the site and a hazardous materials team is en route to help in the cleanup.

Deputies don't believe anyone was in the building when it exploded.

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  • by Elaine Location: Deep Run on Sep 14, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    I've known Joe for many years. There's only two ways out of meth, death or jail. I hope Joe can get the help he needs. He's really a good person.
  • by Jamie Location: Albertson on Sep 14, 2009 at 01:52 PM
    This is a member of my family. Regardless of what he did-he is still a person. He is a living breathing person. In my opinion he is innocent UNTIL he is proven guilty. Quite frankly I think some of you need to learn to watch what you say. You never know if a family member will be reading what you say. Regardless of what he has done he is still a member of someone's family. Would your words be as cruel and cold hearted if it was a member of your very own family????? I think not!!!!!
  • by Kelly Location: LaGrange on Sep 14, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    To Kelly from Kelly it's flattering to know that you follow my postings...maybe even a tad stalkish.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Sep 13, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    Know how to spot a meth addict? They have more fingers than teeth.
  • by To: Rhonda on Sep 12, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    I understand the innocent until proven guilty. But you need to remember that if you have the equipment on your property, you are guilty. I'm sure they didn't just arrest the next person to drive past the building. Either way, if it's his, or just in his back yard, he is part of the problem and needs to be taken out of society.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Sep 12, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    Mr T..What in the world are you talking about? ...anyways...there have been a lot of people busted over meth labs. It's probably not the smartest hobby to get into.
  • by rhonda on Sep 12, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    to bad you all are cruel you don't really know the real truth so you all need to get real and get a life this man is inocent until proven guilty in a court of law not your heads
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Sep 12, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    Just so you people won't think I'm crazy, I was referring to the story about the woman from Kinston that was sentenced 2 or 3 days ago in my 11:01AM comment.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Sep 12, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    WITN, why didn't you post my comment. Either YOU or Kinston Free Press screwed up! 50 and 465 ain't the same now is it? Admit that you were wrong, because that woman would not have gotten 10 years 50 years probation over 50 grams of meth.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 12, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    Lab go boom !!!!
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