February 14th, 2013
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Police were sorely meth-taken when they swarmed onto a Southern Illinois family's property looking for a drug lab.

Instead of the methamphetamine manufacturing facility the Union County officers were expecting to find, Laura Benson led them to her husband's stash - of maple syrup.

KFVS reports that the family has been cooking up the sweet stuff for about five years, and alert neighbors had called in the tip after seeing suspicious buckets around the property.

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The Benson family thanked the neighbors for their vigilance and invited them over for a pancake meal, then sent the officers home with samples of the goods.

Previously in syrup-related crimes:
Millions of dollars in maple syrup stolen
Rhode Island man gets sticky sentence for phony syrup and MAPLE Act would sting syrup fakes

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    March 16, 2013 at 8:26 am |
  3. RedRoadDog

    City people–That Is who called–dumba**es! And the COPS–More "highly trained" ossifers, I preesume? What a bunch of Barney Fife types-Did they even DO any "surveilance?" Duh... Just more clowns, wearing badges, and carrying guns-I sure wouldn't feel "protected" by the police in that jurisdiction!

    February 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  4. Sherri

    They must have the stupidest neighbors in the state (and I live in the same state). What kind of idiots think meth is made in buckets hanging on trees? I think I'd find new neighbors, or tell the current ones to stay the heck off my land and stay away from my house/trees etc. What idiots!

    February 19, 2013 at 2:11 am |
  5. dotheflippin'math

    They saw some buckets and hoses...on a farm...and ass/u/me-d it had to be a meth lab?? And the cops got a warrant on that basis? Talk about nosy neighbors, police and a judge ignoring the complete lack of any relevant evidence! FYI, if someone is cooking meth, you can expect to observe very noxious toxic fumes, and loads of empty psuedoephedrine packages. I'd sue the police for an unjust search and breech of privacy.

    February 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
  6. JGN

    Meth labs blow up. People and property get destroyed by meth labs. The neighbors were within rights to question suspicious buckets and hoses around the property; it's just too bad they were too insular or scared to ask the owners "Hey, whatcha doing over there? What are those buckets for?" before calling the police and wasting their time. That said, if they had been meth addicts the neighbors would have been right to be cautious.

    February 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
  7. Nick

    I would have asked to see the warrant, told the police to get off the property, and took it to court.

    February 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  8. bobber

    It sure is hard to get good information these days. Someone could always lie thus causing trouble. Crack my brother says is a "poor man's drug". Who would want to find peoples' so called drug. It costs money hence the maple syrup lie.

    February 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  9. empresstrudy

    Don't tell Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They are the same thing.

    February 16, 2013 at 9:56 am |
  10. Dude

    So, all I have to do is call and say that something looks suspicious at my neighbors house, and a drug raid will ensue... Thanks for the tip!

    February 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  11. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Seems really runny

    February 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  12. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Nosy f***ing neighbors need to mind their own business.

    February 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
  13. Resist Tyranny

    What kind of busy body neighbors and what kind of moronic cops do they have to live with? Obviously there was NO investigation done. Police are out of control. They constantly raid the wrong house, shoot the wrong people and violate people's rights with no justice for the injured. In a man hunt for a "cop killer" the LAPD became killer cops shooting 2 tiny Asian women they mistook for a 6' 270# black man. The police are an occupational army.

    February 15, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • Manic Panic

      Calm down. They investigated, and found maple syrup. All you have done is use this as a segue to start ranting about some police who are not representative of all police. I suggest that the next time you actually need some investigating done, you take the law into your own hands and don't accidentally blow your own foot off. My God, you're overreacting just a bit, aren't you?

      February 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
      • Kreechent

        Manic Panic...no.

        February 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
  14. Campstove jack

    Must be different kind of neighbors in those parts. Mine think its their business to know everybody else's. But they do it in an up front and friendly manner. I.E. "That ain't marywhachamacallit in your garden is it?" "No, Alice, its okra." Why you grow'n okra when nobody wants to eat it"......

    February 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
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