Dutch police find €350,000 in washing machine

Police in the Netherlands have discovered a whopping €350,000 hidden inside a washing machine at a house in Amsterdam.

Police raided the house on the Oeverpad in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, which the municipal administration believed was empty, only to find the substantial sum inside the drum of a washing machine.

Officers also seized several mobile phones, a money counting machine and a firearm, according to a statement on the Netherlands Police website.

A 24-year-old, who was in the house at the time, was arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

According to Dutch media, around €16 billion is laundered in the Netherlands, 90% of which comes from drug trafficking and fraud, researchers at Utrecht University found.

Professor Brigitte Unger, who led the project, told NL Times: “Corruption is on the rise. You get a different way of living together, because the upper- and underworld are becoming entangled.”

The study will feed into a new government strategy to improve the Netherlands’ anti-money laundering policy.

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