Woman Shocked When Drug Agents Raid Her 'Meth Lab' -- Where She Makes Maple Syrup (VIDEO)

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I admit I don't know what a meth lab looks like. But if an image search on Breaking Bad is any indication, there's a lot of lab coats, goggles, glass beakers, and crystals and powders and stuff. I would not think that anyone could confuse this with, say, a maple syrup lab. But that's what happened in Illinois. Laura Benson, whose husband makes maple syrup in their house, got the shock of her life when her home was suddenly surrounded by police cars.

Says Laura:

I heard the dogs barking. And I knew that meant somebody was outside the house. 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 thought her son did something wrong (jeez, what's her son up to?), but then she realized the cars were ... drug agents. And they told her that her home had been reported as running a methamphetamine lab.

Laura, who sounds somewhat bemused by the whole thing, led the cops into her yard -- and her family's maple syrup lab. Ohhh yeah, they must totally look the same!

Hey, if you're not familiar with what a meth lab is, I could see making the same mistake ... sort of. Look how those buckets hang off that tree with a pipe going into them. Looks kinda shady.

Can't blame the Bensons for cooking up summadat maple sweetness though -- syrup prices are at an all time high. If you can manage to squeeze some of it out of your trees, you're as good as golden. Hell, who needs meth when you've got mapth!

Anyway, the Bensons weren't upset. They apparently even thanked their neighbors for "being concerned." And Laura says business has skyrocketed since word got around about their map-meth lab. Wonder if they sent over a bottle of amber?

Would you ever make this mistake?


Image via WPSD

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mommy... mommyof5cutties

Old news :( sad she had to go through that and she doesn't even blame her neighbors. I would be upset at them thinking like that if they knew me.

nonmember avatar jojo

Holy cow. Since when did trees start producing meth? Jeez, idiot neighbors. *smh*

tuffy... tuffymama

Stupid tattletales, stupid cops. Nothing new.

xixCa... xixCandyxix

Well the people with the REAL meth labs are probably smart enough to build them indoors, for one thing.

babyg... babygirl60428

Yeah maple syrup is just made from the sap of the maple tree. 

Danielle Kilbourn

I am guessing none of you know how maple syrup is actually made or seen the process I could see the mistake.

Brandi Nelson

Actually you would be surprised at what a meth lab could look like.. and think its good for them to act on the reports. People who get offened need suck it up. I am happy that they checked it out. They should always check out those type of calls. You could have someone living next door to you cooking and you wouldn't even really know it, until the thing blows.

nonmember avatar kim

How can u mistake a meth lab for a syrup. Meth labs uses a bunch of strong chemicals and has strong smell that doesn't even come close to the smell of syrup! I don't know what they look like but drug agents are supposed to be experts but this they flubbed the dub who trained them to accidentally bust a home that didn't have any illegal activities

gamma4 gamma4

As I HAVE SEEN how maple syrup is made and have no idea how meth is made I would prob make the opposite mistake lol

Brandy Foy

I love how she handled it:)

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