Drug cooks are booking short-term accommodation in popular high-rises to set up their labs right under the noses of families and tourists.
Police say the criminals are moving from building to building for short periods to fly under the radar and avoid being caught but are putting innocent holiday-makers in serious danger.
Leading accommodation hosues in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach admit drug labs have become a major problem in the past year and security measures to keep guests safe needed to be reassessed.
It follows an oven explosion at a Meriton apartment in Broadbeach early yesterday morning when a man was cooking drugs about 5am.
Meriton Serviced Apartments national manager Matthew Thomas said the hotel industry had flagged ideas to introduce hidden screening devices and were even cracking down on cash payments.
We don’t want to treat everyone like a criminal or a troublemaker when they’re checking into a hotel just because a random few are doing the wrong thing
Matthew Thomas, Meriton Serviced Apartments