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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:21 PM

How SWEET it is . . . . . Maple Meth Lab????

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ill-family-s-syrup-making-mistaken-for-meth-lab-4278281.php

Ill. family's syrup making mistaken for meth lab

ANNA, Ill. (AP) A southern Illinois family is finding their homemade maple syrup operation anything but sweet after investigators swarmed their property, mistaking their sap collection for a meth lab.

Laura Benson tells KFVS-TV (http://bit.ly/Yg7jkv) that drug agents showed up at her home near Anna on Wednesday morning saying they fielded a report that a meth-making operation was on the Union County property.

When investigators pointed to buckets near some trees, 49-year-old Benson says she quickly explained the containers were collecting sap for the family's production of syrup.

The law enforcers quickly moved on, taking with them some homemade syrup the Bensons gave them.

Benson thanks her neighbors for being alert and notifying police, even if it was a misunderstanding. She's extending an open invitation to those locals to come by for pancakes.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ill-family-s-syrup-making-mistaken-for-meth-lab-4278281.php#ixzz2KwEV4Xep


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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:23 PM

1. You know, I can actually understand the mistake,

 

Glad nobody was hurt and nothing was destroyed.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:13 AM

9. why? tubing attached to trees = meth lab? i don't get it at all.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:56 AM

11. Meth labs are no longer these eleaborate affairs involving flames and glassware,

 

They've perfected the business down to the point where you can whip up a batch of meth in a two liter soda bottle while shopping at Wal Mart. One of the biggest problems, still, is the fumes. So somebody sees some five gallon buckets, in the middle of the woods, with tubes coming out, yeah, I understand the mistake. They probably didn't get a clear look at where the tubing attached, just that there was lots of it and it was in the middle of the woods.

I'm sure folks are a bit jumpy in Illinois. After all, they are next door to the two top meth producing states in the union, and they're probably getting some serious bleedover.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:10 AM

14. Note to self: Add plastic jugs, tubing, and maple trees to hide my meth lab.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:24 PM

2. Good gawd, is nothing sacred anymore?! They would go nuts around here. nt

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:28 PM

3. Those people are lucky they weren't shot.

I mean the syrup makers. Cops just love to jump to conclusions and start shooting these days.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:29 PM

4. I had no idea what a meth lab looked like

but it seems that perhaps one could hide one in plain sight in Vermont.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:29 PM

5. They are now re-thinking plans to expand into powdered sugar

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:40 PM

6. Well, they at least got out of that sticky situation.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:47 PM

7. She's lucky they didn't just charge in with axes

and destroy everything, throw them in jail, and ask questions later, covering up what they did to innocent people.

Happens far too often in this country.

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:41 AM

8. Sounds better than chili powder

Last seen boarding a Greyhound, heading for Illinois

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Response to FrodosPet (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:15 AM

10. If cayenne was a crime, I'd be in for life

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:04 AM

12. They found what they now call a meth lab inside a Port a Pottie the other day.

Micro labs now consist of one or two 2-liter plastic bottles.

But still, for people to assume that anything involving chambers and tubing equals meth is just sad.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:06 AM

13. The Carnival Triumph doesn't count. nt

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:15 AM

15. Best tasting meth EVER! nt

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:18 AM

16. Have you ever seen someone strung out on the mape?

It ain't pretty.

And trust me, that stuff isn't cheap. You gotta do terrible, terrible things to get you hands on the good stuff.

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