The Richmond Register

August 15, 2013

Three Berea residents charged with making meth

Sore-ridden dog found locked in cage near lab

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

BEREA — Three people were charged Wednesday with making meth in both their Berea home and in a car.

The father and son, along with the son’s girlfriend, also were charged with animal cruelty after police found a dog locked in a cage inside the garage where the drug was being made.

Berea Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Jake Reed said the BPD had received a tip from the Richmond Police Department that there was a possible meth lab operation in the Apple Grove subdivision.

After receiving a description of the residence, BPD officers went to the house. Residents Judy Mae Klein, 45, and Lee L. Lanham, 76, were at home when officers knocked on the door, Reed said.

He said the officers were given permission to search the house, and an active meth lab was found in the garage.

Also in the garage was a dog locked in a cage.

“(The dog) had some pretty big sores on his back,” Reed said.

Three other dogs also were found at the home. The dogs were turned over to the Madison County Animal Shelter, Reed said.

Klein and Lanham both were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense) and second-degree animal cruelty.

The meth charge is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. The second-degree animal cruelty charge is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail.

The same evening, the Richmond police arrested 52-year-old Jeffery L. Lanham. He is Lee Lanham’s son and the boyfriend of Klein, Reed said. He also lives in the Berea home.

Richmond police found a meth lab in Jeffery Lanham’s vehicle, and he was charged with two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine (first offense), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense, less than 2 grams), first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree animal cruelty.

The Lanhams and Klein were still lodged in the Madison County Detention Center on Thursday afternoon, according to online jail records.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.