This week Netherlands authorities announced that they've closed three illegal casinos operating in the city of Venlo.
The police were involved, as was the country's gaming regulator Kansspelautoriteit and saw 22 people located at the three sites. €12,000 in cash was seized, as was a Rolex watch. Additionally, 19 slot machines were taken into custody by the KSA and later destroyed. According to the KSA, one of the slot machines reported turnover of more than €100,000 monthly.
Two people were arrested and subsequently charged with money laundering.
Commenting on the raids Venlo Mayor Antoin Scholten said, "Tackling illegal gambling is important to Venlo. With this we protect our young people, we give criminals no chance of money laundering and we stop breeding grounds for possible drug trafficking.
"Moreover, these criminal activities cause a lot of unrest and nuisance in the area. We will continue to take action against that."