€2.2 million in cash found in Amsterdam event center

Dutch police officers (Stock Photo: Politie). (Dutch police officers (Stock Photo: Politie))

The police 2.2 million euros in cash last week during a search in Dido Events center in Amsterdam-West. Multiple members of the family that runs the event center were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and weapons possession, De Telegraaf reports.

According to the newspaper, the authorities previously kept an eye on Dido because of many known criminals attending parties at the center. The center was closed for a time, but reopened early last year and was soon filled with members of the Dutch underworld, the Telegraaf writes.

Last week Wednesday a police officer noticed a suspicious situation at Dido and the police searched the building. They found banknotes protruding from a bag on the first floor. The owner of the bag turned out to be a member of the family that runs Dido. A further search of the building revealed an office filled with cash, money counting machines, and cameras on the wall. In total the police found at least 2.2 million euros in cash in the building. 

At least two members of the family are still in custody, six others have since been released, according to the newspaper. They are all suspected of money laundering and weapons possession. The municipality closed Dido Events.