'Breaking Bark': Drug Agents Eye Syrup Makers As Meth Lab

By Eric Scheiner | February 10, 2015 | 11:53am EST

A Union County, Illinois family got a surprise on a Wednesday morning in February of 2013 as drug agents swarmed their property.

According to KFVS-TV, "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."

Laura says she couldn't believe her ears when she heard the drug agents say they suspect a meth lab on her property.

"They had a report of a meth lab going on - on our property. And they wanted to investigate it," Benson told KFVS-TV.

The Bensons were in a sticky situation but showed law enforcement officials what they wanted.

"They pointed out the trees and the buckets and I told them my husband had a hobby making maple syrup. And that's what we were doing. Of course they realized that after they seen it," said Laura.

The Bensons believe their neighbors saw the buckets and notified the police.

They gave the investigators some syrup samples and things seem to have settled back to normal for the last two syrup seasons.


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