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Police discover active meth lab in home with 3 young children

Police discover active meth lab in home with 3 young children

POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 10:51am

UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 10:52am

Four people are in jail after Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s deputies discovered an active meth lab while investigating a burglary at a residence in Hammond.

On Tuesday, April 22, officers arrived at a home on Wardline Road to investigate a burglary. As they approached the house, the smelled a strong chemical order coming from an open window under the carport.

Detectives immediately recognized the odor as an active methamphetamine laboratory.

Deputies contacted the residents and got permission to search the house. During the search, police located an active meth lab.

Inside the home were four adults and three juveniles—9-years-old, 5-years-old, and 8-weeks-old. All occupants were escorted out and away from the residence for their safety.

The Hammond Fire Department’s HazMat team decontaminated all seven people, a process that involves removing all contaminated items, washing in biodegradable soap, and wearing a special paper suit for a certain amount of time.

All three children were taken to a local hospital for examination and then placed in state custody.

All four adults were arrested and charged: Mark White Jr; Tamara White; Justin Kuffner; and Jeffery Kuffner.

All subjects were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and three counts of child endangerment.

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