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Family’s syrup-making mistaken for meth lab

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(CNN) -- Police swooped in on an Illinois family's home to bust a meth lab, but there was no meth - just maple syrup.

It was shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday when the Bensons got some uninvited visitors carrying guns and badges.

"I heard the dogs barking and I knew that meant somebody was here and I looked out the windows and I seen a truck coming up the driveway fairly fast and a police car right behind it," says Laura Benson.

She says she thought her son had done something wrong. Then she heard the drug agents say, "They had a report of a meth lab going on -- on our property, and they wanted to investigate."

So the Bensons gladly showed the officers what they really were doing, which was making their own maple syrup.

"They pointed out to the trees and the buckets, and I told them my husband has a hobby of making maple syrup, and that's what we were doing," she says.

The Bensons say they have been making their own maple syrup for the past five years but this was the first time they've been mistaken for a meth lab.

They even gave the drug agents a sample of their syrup to take home and enjoy.

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