Maple syrup farm mistaken for meth lab in Illinois

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In a case of Mrs. Butterworth’s meetsĀ Breaking Bad, farmers in Illinois were raided after police mistook their maple syrup farm for a meth lab. From local station KFVS 12:

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.

The Bensons were able to explain to officers the buckets scattered around their property were actually part of their hobby maple syrup farm. The Bensons believe their neighbors tipped off the cops, but are remarkably generous about the sticky situation:

"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.

(Image: KFVS 12)