Thursday 20 January 2022

Dutch police seize €1.8m in cash in encrypted mobile phone gang raids

Cars and other property were also seized in the raids. Photo: Politie.nl

Dutch police have seized €1.8m in cash in a string of raids in connection with a gang they suspect of selling encrypted mobile phones to criminals.

Some €1m in cash was found in a house in Amsterdam’s Plantage district and a further €800,000 at another property in the province.

In total, 11 locations in Noord-Holland province were raided as part of the investigation into the sale of mobile phones which have been adapted to make them more difficult to tap.

The police high tech crime team has been investigating the crypto phone gang for some two years, news agency ANP said. Although the sale of encrypted phones is not illegal, police suspect the phones will provide a link to a string of gangland killings and other crimes.

Four people were arrested in the raids and face charges of money laundering.

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