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HAMMOND, La. -- The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office has arrested 4 adults for running a methamphetamine lab out of a home with young children present.

According to the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office, on April 22, detectives arrived at 12026 Wardline Road in Hammond in reference to a burglary investigation.

A spokesman said that as detectives approached the residence, they detected a strong chemical odor coming from an open window under the car port, and immediately recognized the smell as that of an active methamphetamine laboratory.

They made contact with the residents and obtained permission to search the residence, at which time they found an active methamphetamine laboratory inside of the home.

Detectives immediately escorted all the people in the home, 4 adults, a 9-year-old child, a 5-year-old child, and an 8-week-old infant, out of and away from the residence for their safety.

All occupants, including the infant child, had to be decontaminated by Hammond Fire Department HazMat.

The decontamination process involves the removal of all contaminated items and clothing, having the body washed with biodegradable soap and then placing the subjects in a special paper suit for a specified amount of time.

All three children were transported to North Oaks Medical Center for examination as a result of being exposed to the hazardous chemicals produced in the illegal production of methamphetamine.

The children were then placed in the custody of the state.

All 4 adults Mark White Jr., 32; Tamara White, 29; Justin Kuffner, 31; and Jeffery Kuffner, 34, were taken into custody and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, and three counts of child endangerment.

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