Meth lab bust turns out to be maple syrup

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By Peter Johnson

UNION COUNTY, Ill. -- Police stormed in on an Illinois family's home on suspicion of it being a meth lab.

When they got there, the unsuspecting family invited police in to see what they were really cooking up, homemade maple syrup.

Turns out their very alert neighbors thought the trees and attached buckets in the yard were part of a drug-making operation.

"I just kind of wanted to put their minds at ease and let them know it's maple syrup and they're all welcome for pancakes if they want to come," said Laura Benson, homeowner.

The Bensons say they have been making their own maple syrup for the past five years but this was the first time they have been mistaken for a meth lab.

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

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