Suspected meth lab turns out to be sweet maple syrup

Published: Feb. 14, 2013 at 3:15 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM CST
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UNION COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A Union County family got the scare of their lives on Wednesday morning as drug agents swarmed onto their property.

"I heard the dogs barking. And I knew that meant somebody was outside the house," said Laura Benson. "And I looked out the windows and I seen a truck coming up the driveway fairly fast. And an Anna police car right behind it."

At first, Laura says she thought her son had done something wrong. Then she says she couldn't believe her ears when she heard the drug agents say this.

"They had a report of a meth lab going on on our property. And they wanted to investigate it."

So the Benson's gladly showed the officers what they really were doing, which was making their own maple syrup.

"They pointed to the buckets and I told them my husband has a hobby of making maple syrup. Of course they realized it once they seen it," said Laura. "But I was quite startled this morning."

The Benson's want to thank their neighbors for being so alert and notifying the police.

"I think my neighbors on their way to church see the buckets and stuff and think we've got a meth lab operation going on here. I just want to put their minds at ease, and let them know it's maple syrup. And that they're all welcome for pancakes if they want to come on over."

The Benson's have been making their own maple syrup for the past five years. This was the first time they've been mistaken for a meth lab.

They even gave the agents a sample of their syrup to take home and enjoy.

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