Meth Lab found in Abbeville

Sondra Evans

Brittney Adkins

Kimberly Wooten

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit located a meth lab in Abbeville that resulted in four arrests.
On Tuesday, agents with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics division conducted an investigation into a fully functioning meth lab within the city limits of Abbeville. After obtaining information in reference to the suspected lab, agents set up surveillance, and began their investigation. Once enough information was gathered, agents approached the residence with caution. Upon their approach, agents noticed a pungent chemical smell that they immediately related to methamphetamine production. Agents made contact with Jody and Kimberly Wooten of 1203 Clover St. and informed them of the ongoing investigation. After receiving permission to search, and mirandizing both parties it was confirmed that a functioning meth lab was in process under the tree just outside of the residence.
Agents removed all persons within the residence, which included two young children, ages two and one, due to the overwhelming chemical order emitting from the lab. State Police haz-mat was contacted, and a perimeter was set up for public safety. Upon arriving, state police haz-mat was able to neutralize the lab. It was noticed that several other items used for processing the drug in the past, were discarded within the shed. 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. After a total clean up of the location was conducted, agents made the following arrests:
• Jody Wooten (Date of Birth 07/08/78) of Abbeville, arrested and charged with Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory within a school zone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the a school zone, two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile.
• Kimberly Wooten (Date of Birth 06/08/82) of Abbeville, arrested and charged with Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory within a school zone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the a school zone, two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile.
• Sondra Evans (Date of Birth 06/24/65) of Abbeville, arrested and charged with principal to operation of a clandestine laboratory, and principal to possession of drug paraphernalia.
- Brittney Adkins (Date of Birth 1/8/90) of Abbeville, arrested and charged with principal to operation of a clandestine laboratory, and principal to possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff Mike Couvillon would like to thank the Patrol division of the Vermilion Sheriff’s Office along with the Abbeville Police Department Patrol division for their assistance in setting up and maintaining a safe perimeter with the lab was being neutralized.

Sheriff Couvillon would like to applaud the concerned citizens of Vermilion Parish for their awareness and assistance in helping the Sheriff’s Office in fighting the war on illegal drugs. He encourages all citizens with information in regards to illegal drug activities to contact the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office or the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit at 337-740-4501 or E-mail the Task Force anonymously at taskforce@vpso.net and your e-mail will be held in the “strictest of confidence” and replied to in a very timely manner.
More information on reporting drug activities can be seen on our Web Site at www.vpso.net. Click on Task Force for this information.

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