Suspect in Amsterdam money laundering case arrested in Chile
A 42-year-old man was arrested in Chile last week at the request of the Dutch authorities. He is wanted in connection with the discovery of almost 1.5 million euros in a property in Amsterdam last year, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to NU.nl after reports in the Telegraaf on Wednesday.
The suspect is Eduardo R.V., also known under the alias Rico the Chilean. Exactly what role he played in this money laundering case, is still under investigation. He is suspected of participating in a criminal organization, money laundering and drug trafficking.
As part of a major money laundering investigation, the police raided buildings on Beethovenstraat and Groenendaalstraat in Amsterdam, and in Badoehevedorp and Amstelveen. In an Amsterdam property, the police found 1.46 million euros in cash, automatic firearms and watches worth hundreds of thousands of euros. Two men were arrested at the time. They have since been released, but are still considered suspects.
The Dutch authorities requested that B.V. be extradited to the Netherlands. When this will happen is not yet clear.
According to Het Parool, R.V. grew up in Amsterdam-Noord. He is well known in the Amsterdam underworld, and known to associate with criminals like Gwenette Martha and Naoufal F. While he did serve some time in prison for cocaine trafficking, he does not have a massive criminal record, according to the newspaper. Chilean media also connects him to a number of assassinations.