Airbnb guests in Australia get police raid after owner used 'off-limits' room to grow cannabis

A couple and their five children rented an Airbnb home in Australia subject to “horrifying” drugs raid

A family was renting a home via Airbnb in Australia and preparing a Christmas barbecue when a team of ten police officers raided the property and uncovered an elaborate drugs operation in an “off-limits” room.

Dieter Winkler and his partner and five children were staying at a three-bedroom house on the Gold Coast in Queensland on December 27 when police wearing bulletproof vests kicked the door down and began an extensive search.

The family was ordered to sit in the lounge room and were questioned for five hours as police discovered a hydroponic cannabis set-up in a bedroom.

Mr Winkler, 48, said the woman who rented the house claimed the bedroom was off-limits because of an electrical fault, though he wondered why the lights remained on during the day and at night. The...

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