Australian Crypto Miner Mistakenly Raided Over Marijuana Grow Room Concerns

The concept of mining cryptocurrencies has attracted all kinds of attention lately. Either criminals get in on the action, or experts worry about the electricity consumption. It now seems Australian police wrongfully raided a crypto miner’s home over concerns he was growing cannabis.

Crypto Mining and Growing Cannabis are Different Things

The story coming out of Adelaide in Australia is quite interesting, albeit also slightly worrisome. A cryptocurrency miner who had multiple machines running at his house has been raided earlier this month. The police suspected the individual of growing cannabis at his home, primarily because of the high electricity consumption associated with the address. As such, a police raid was the only logical course of action for officials.

During the raid, however, his house got damaged quite severely. As is customary during events like these, police officials will enter a property by force. According to the house owner, his property was not just unlocked, but gates, doors, and fence panels were either removed or completely broken. Because he has not done anything illegal, Rob Butvila is now trying to get the Adelaide police force to pay for the damages.

While it is understandable the police expected to find a marijuana grow room, it would appear some more research could have avoided a lot of potential backlash. Just because someone is using a lot of electricity does not necessarily mean he or she is growing drugs of any kind. Instead, it is equally possible something completely legal is going on, such as someone mining cryptocurrency at home.

What made this location stand out a bit is based on primarily superficial elements. The location has solar panels, which is not necessarily uncommon. When combined with security cameras and a ventilation fan in the front window, however, the situation becomes a bit different. However, the fan is needed to keep the temperature of the mining equipment down. Security cameras are not unnecessarily luxury when one has tens of thousands of dollars worth of mining equipment at home.

It is not the first time cryptocurrency miners face a lot of flack for mixed reasons. The electricity consumption associated with this process has been scrutinized multiple times over in recent years. While grow rooms also require a ton of electricity to power operations, it is evident this factor alone doesn’t necessarily warrant harsh action. After all, the house raided has no ties with drug deals or suspicious people moving in and out.

The main question now becomes whether or not this is the beginning of a new trend. While one has to commend the Adelaide police for taking swift action when noticing suspicious behavior, the way they went about this whole raid leaves some questions unanswered. For now, the police force will not comment on the matter either, yet they have confirmed no offenses were detected during the search. This further confirms cryptocurrency mining will not be deemed illegal in Australia anytime soon, which is one minor positive aspect to take away from all of this.