Money laundering arrest: Suitcase packed with money bursts open at Schiphol

A 30-year-old man from Albania was arrested at Schiphol on December 8th on suspicion of money laundering after his cash-filled suitcase burst open at the airport, the Koninklijke Marechaussee reported on Wednesday after the man's arraignment.

The suitcase burst open, spilling cash, during baggage handling. Airport employees called in the Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security. An unknown amount of cash was blown away by the strong wind, but the Marechaussee believes the suitcase contained around 50 thousand euros.

The owner of the suitcase, the man from Albania, could not give the Marechaussee a sufficient explanation for where the money came from and why he was carrying it in cash. He was therefore arrested on suspicion of money laundering. 

The man was arraigned on Wednesday and remanded into custody fo further investigation, the Marechaussee said on Facebook.