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Police Find Marijuana Grow Room at Australian Airbnb Property

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | January 10, 2016

Police Find Marijuana Grow Room at Australian Airbnb Property

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You probably wouldn’t think to ask the owner of an Airbnb rental property if they had a roomful of drugs before staying in the place. After this story, you might want to just to be on the safe side.

A family visiting Queensland, Australia had a rude awakening Dec. 27, 2015, when 10 armed police officers stormed the Airbnb rental they were staying in, looking for drugs, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Dieter Winkler, his partner, Jacquie Young, and their five children were visiting from Randwick, New South Wales, Australia for an 11-day vacation.

“The cops didn’t know we were innocent, so it wasn’t a friendly reception,” Winkler told The Daily Telegraph.

Officers broke down the door to a room, where they found eight marijuana plants and a hydroponic growing system, according to The Daily Telegraph.

They questioned the family for five straight hours.

Winkler said the homeowner had put a bookcase in front of the door to the room and told the family not to enter the room because there were electrical issues in it.

On top of the $1,255 the Winklers had paid for the rental, they had to spend another $1,815 to cover the cost of another rental, The Daily Telegraph said.

Airbnb refunded the Winklers’ rental fees and reimbursed them for the additional money they had to spend.

“More than sixty million guests have stayed at an Airbnb property and while incidents like this are incredibly rare, we take them very seriously,” an Airbnb spokesperson said.


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