Vermilion Parish narcotics agents acting on a tip smelled the chemicals cooking before they found the fully fired meth lab under a backyard tree.

Inside of Jody and Kimberly Wooten’s 1203 Clover St. home, which the smell and smoke from manufactured meth had permeated, the agents discovered two babies, ages 1 and 2, and removed them from the home.

“Upon their approach, agents noticed a pungent chemical smell that they immediately related to methamphetamine production,” Sheriff Mike Couvillon said in a news release.

The Wootens and two other adults were arrested Tuesday afternoon. Then Vermilion deputies and Abbeville police officers set up a perimeter around the home so State Police hazardous materials personnel could neutralize the lab and decontaminate the property, which is located a few hundred feet from J.H. Williams Middle School.

“Agents also contacted the Office of Child Services, who arrived on scene and determined that the environment was unsafe for the two young children to be in,” the release says.

Couvillon said the drug agents were investigating reports of a drug lab that were called into the Vermilion Parish Narcotics Unit.

Those arrested are:

Jody Wooten, 36, one count each of operation of a clandestine laboratory in a school zone; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of methamphetamine; possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a school zone; and two counts of possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a juvenile.

Kimberly Wooten, 32, one count each of operation of a clandestine laboratory in a school zone; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of methamphetamine; possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a school zone; and two counts of possession of a controlled substance in the presence of a juvenile.

Sondra Evans, 49, of Abbeville, one count each of principal to operation of a clandestine laboratory, and principal to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brittney Adkins, 25, of Abbeville, one count each of principal to operation of a clandestine laboratory, and principal to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Couvillon encouraged other Vermilion Parish residents to phone in information they may have about illegal drug activities to (337) 740-4501 or make a report through the department’s website at vpso.net.