Family's shock when police raid Gold Coast holiday home
An Australian family was shocked when the holiday home they were renting was stormed by armed police who found a drug lab hidden in one of the rooms.
Dieter Winkler and his family, from Sydney, rented the three bedroom house for an 11-night stay on the Gold Coast through Airbnb.
However, less than 24 hours into their Christmas holiday, armed police smashed through the door conducting a raid of the premises, Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
Winkler, his partner Jacquie Young, and their five children were confined to the house's lounge room for five hours while police questioned them over a sophisticated hydroponic cannabis growing operation found in one of the bedrooms.
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Winkler told police the family had been told the locked room was "off-limits due to an electrical fault" by the house's owner, but admitted he had wondered about it, after noticing lights on in the room all day and night.
The drug set-up was described as a "fire waiting to happen" due to illegal wiring and was situated in a room adjacent to where the children slept.
Winkler told the Bulletin the experience was "horrifying" and that the family "had the worst holiday."
"It's put us off ever using Airbnb again," he said.
Airbnb refunded the amount paid for the rental and also covered costs of alternate accommodation for the family.
"The activity is illegal and absolutely does not reflect the views of Airbnb," an Airbnb spokesman said.