The Madison County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information that may lead to arrests in two recent drug cases.

Deputies were called Thursday to a cemetery on Wilson Lane in Berea after complaints of some suspicious items near a tree. When they arrived, MCSO Sheriff Nelson O’Donnell said officers discovered two glass jars containing a working methamphetamine lab.

“They left it there to cook off,” O’Donnell said. “I thought it was ironic to find a killer like meth in a cemetery.”

O’Donnell said he is seeing more and more labs ditched away from the meth cook’s home because they don’t want to have the labs discovered and connected to their properties. Two meth labs recently have been taken down by the sheriff’s department on the same street where the lab was found, one in February and a second in May.

The lab was dismantled by MCSO Capt. Rick Johnson, Sgt. Jed Hudson and Deputy Robert Short. The department was assisted by Kentucky State Police, Berea Police and Richmond Police.

“This is why people need to be careful when they see suspicious items in a glass jar,” O’Donnell said.

The investigation is continuing in this case with possible arrests pending, O’Donnell said.

Also Thursday, deputies responded to a complaint of marijuana plants being grown on Berea College property near the dam at Owsley Fork Lake. Eight plants were found, measuring 3 to 4 feet high, O’Donnell said. There are no suspects at this time.

“The marijuana was pulled up and burned,” O’Donnell said. “We took leaves for samples for lab purposes in the event we develop suspects.”

Anybody with information regarding either case should call MCSO Capt. Rick Johnson at 623-1511.

Kelly Foreman can be reached at or 624-6694.

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