UPDATE: Spanish police returned to Amnesia Ibiza to search for a second day following the previous day's raid.
Image courtesy of Amnesia Ibiza on Flickr
UPDATE [July 6]: After spending 17 hours in the club in the initial raid yesterday, Spanish police returned to Amnesia Ibiza to search the venue for a second day, reports local news source Diario De Ibiza. Money amounting to $2.2 million (€2 million) was found in cash along with a cash counting machine.The previously unknown identities of the three people arrested besides club owner Martin Ferrer have also now been revealed: Marti Ferrer, the owner's son and the club's artistic director, Amnesia general/business manager David de Felipe, and Amnesia accountant Vicente Pérez de Montis. The paper writes that police are "investigating alleged crimes against the Treasury," and also raided the suspects' properties in Ibiza and Barcelona.
Ibiza superclub, Amnesia, was raided by Spanish police at 8AM this morning following a Cocoon party featuring Sven Väth, Ricardo Villalobos, and KiNK.The nightclub's owner, Martin Ferrer, along with three other unidentified individuals have also been arrested and are reportedly being held on the club's premises.
Both the Spanish national paper El Mundo and local publication Diario de Ibiza reported that the arrests are part of an anti-drug operation, with drug-sniffing dogs having accompanied the police during the raid. Their accounts differ, though, insofar as the latter added that the operation is connected to a money laundering investigation, writing that Tax Agency experts were also on-site.
A spokesperson for the Guardia Civil in Majorca has been quoted in the UK's Daily Star as saying concrete details about the investigation will not be made public today. "There is an operation in progress but the court secrecy order means we won't be making a detailed official comment today or sending out a press release," he said.
The club posted to their Facebook page posted about an event taking place there tonight, July 5, suggesting that the venue will continue business as usual.
We have reached out to amnesia for comment and will update this post as we obtain more information.
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