The government's Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate announced the investigation Wednesday, a day after it conducted searches in the southern city of Venlo. The inspectorate says that a suspect is believed to have exported the garbage to countries in Africa and Asia, without the necessary permits. It did not elaborate.
The man, whose identity was not released, also is suspected of money laundering. During the searches, officials seized tens of thousands of euros (dollars) and valuable goods including expensive watches.