Cops Swarm Property Over Suspected Meth Lab, Find Bucket Of Maple Syrup Instead

Chris | InformationLiberation
Feb. 16, 2013

An Illinois citizen reported their neighbor to police for allegedly manufacturing meth, leading to police "swarming" the suspects' residence, only problem is they weren't manufacturing meth, but instead collecting maple syrup.

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 Bensons supposedly "thanked" their neighbors for reporting them to the police as it shows they "cared."

Truth is, they should be counting their lucky stars the police didn't raid them guns blazing in a no-knock raid over this false tip and kill them on the spot, Todd Blair wasn't so fortunate.
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