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Maple Syrup Operation Mistaken For Meth Lab [Video]

Maple Syrup Mistaken For Meth Lab

A maple syrup operation in Anna, Illinois was mistaken for a meth lab. A tip led authorities to the home of Laura Benson, age 49, who was stunned by the accusation.

The 49 year old woman and her family collect sap from maple trees on the property and make their own maple syrup. They have been making their own maple syrup for five years.

The process involves attaching tubes to maple trees. The sap drains into large plastic storage containers scattered throughout the yard.

Benson’s neighbors observed the containers and suspected the family of running a meth lab. They contacted local law enforcement and reported the “suspicious” activity.

As reported by KFVS, when Benson saw law enforcement vehicles in her driveway. Her initial reaction was that her son might be in trouble. The drug enforcement agents explained that neighbors reported a suspected meth lab on the premises. Benson explained that she and her family were running a maple syrup operation, not a meth lab. She showed the agents how the operation works and assured them that they were not in the business of manufacturing drugs.

As reported ABC 7, Benson was shocked, but appreciative, that her neighbors were “alert” enough keep an eye out for criminal activity in the community. She was understanding about the mistake. She extended an open invitation to her neighbors to come over and see how maple syrup is made from tree sap. She even offered to make them pancakes.

The agents investigating the maple syrup operation, that was mistaken for a meth lab, all left with samples of homemade maple syrup.

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2 Responses to “Maple Syrup Operation Mistaken For Meth Lab [Video]”

  1. Larry Diffey

    Benson should not be appreciative of her neighbor keeping an eye out. She's just lucky that she was not subject to an armed SWAT raid complete with flash grenades and gun fire. She needs to slap her neighbor upside the head and tell them to mind their own damn business.

  2. Elroy Jetson

    How was the reward they paid out? or did they turn in there neighbors to get off the hook themselves? or was there son in trouble with the law? So they decided we can just turn in our neighbors… I have never seen maple syrup being made or the sap collected to make it. But 100% sure people don't openly make meth in the front yard by the highway. Well I have never seen meth or seen it made. I'm just sure they don't do it in the front yard. does anyone live in this area? We need to see a video of these observant neighbors posted all over youtube. Call the tip line for them making meth. they did this to throw the caps off the trail. this is why people live next doot to people for 20 years and have no idea who lives next door. noisy neighbors suk really bad.