Police have arrested six people in connection with an ongoing international money laundering investigation involving bitcoin.
The authorities, which became suspicious following a series of large bitcoin trades, carried out various raids in and near Rotterdam – a city in the south of the Netherlands – leading to the arrests of four people in the country and two individuals abroad.
According to a statement, the authorities arrested three men aged between 19 and 23. A fourth suspect was subsequently arrested in Capelle, in the western part of the country. A 24-year-old man was arrested in Malta and a sixth and final suspect is currently being held and questioned by police in Latvia.
The investigation is ongoing but most of the suspects are due to appear in front of a judge tomorrow.
Authorities found drugs and weapons during the searches.