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USA - Meth or Maple Syrup? Family Shaken After Investigators Search Property

Discussion in 'Weird News' started by Moving Pictures, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Titanium Member

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    UNION COUNTY, Ill. - A big mixup at a local farm proves that things aren't always as they seem.
    Turns out the equipment used to make maple syrup looks like the equipment people use to manufacture meth.


    It's a mixup that shook up a local family.

    The Sheriff in Union County, Illinois isn't releasing a name but tells me it was someone driving by who saw the syrup operation and thought it was a meth lab.

    "There are days when it's really warm and it flows like a faucet and it could fill up a five gallon bucket in an hour and there are days when it's cooler that it just drips," Laura Benson said.

    The sap often moves slowly from the sugar maple trees. But that was never a problem for Benson because after years of tapping into her trees, she's learned patience pays off.

    "It's just syrup, it's syrup you eat it on anything," Benson said.

    But to someone, it looked so suspicious they called the sheriff.

    Wednesday Union County investigators paid Benson a surprise visit.

    "They said they had a report that someone on property was making a meth," Benson said.

    Benson showed WPSD Local 6 what she showed deputies. Then she let reporter Jason Hibbs taste the final product. She said she never thought about selling the sweet syrup, but in small town America, gossip travels fast and the sweet syrup quickly turned into the talk of the town.

    "All of my friends, my family, I bet I've got 60, 70 folks saying 'when can I buy some, do you still have some, I want a jar,'" Benson said.

    Benson said maybe the mixup will be the start of a 'sweet' new business. Too bad the sap doesn't move any faster.

    The Union County Sheriff told Local 6 it's standard procedure to investigate every tip the department gets. Some pay off, others don't but they always encourage people to call them if they see anything suspicious.

    In the end Benson said she's glad people cared enough to call the sheriff.

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  2. runnerupbeautyqueen

    runnerupbeautyqueen Palladium Member

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    When she said people have been asking her for "jars" I thought she meant jars of meth. Not of syrup. Although personally I'd rather have the jar of syrup. How were none of her friends aware that one of her hobbies was syrup making? If someone can see the operation from the street you'd think her friends could and would ask about it as well.
     
  3. Midnite

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    Lmao, this is the result of nosey people who have too much time on there hands. Self righteous 'do gooders' that probably have a secret porn addiction that they are hiding themselves. (the person that called in, I mean) A maple syrup farm looks NOTHING like a meth lab, but there are people in this world that think they always know everything.... Gossipy tattle tales PISS me OFF.
     
  4. Moving Pictures

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    I couldn't figure out how to post pics but the picture of the place shows 5 gal buckets with a hose running from the top connected to the trees. It looks kinda weird but I wouldn't guess "meth lab" right off. You can see the whole setup from the highway.
     
  5. shockabargegnar

    shockabargegnar Newbie

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    i think the meth problem would be a lot bigger if all you needed to make speed was maple trees, hoses, and buckets lol.
     
  6. Diverboone

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    Fermentation of dextrose is the core to psuedoephidrine production. I'm not sure if it can be accomplished with dextrose reduced from maple sap, but it seems possible. Maybe they were up to something, just joking.