Customs, Gardai Swoop On Underground Fuel Laundering Plant

18 March 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

An underground fuel laundering plant with the capacity to generate ten million litres of illegal fuel over the course of a year was uncovered by Customs officials and Gardai in a raid carried out in the Tyholland area of Co Monaghan on Thursday last.
A total of 40,000 litres of laundered fuel, a lorry, four cars and a van were seized in the operation, which took place on a farm approximately four miles from Monaghan Town.
The operation was conducted by Customs officers with the assistance of Gardai from Monaghan and the Regional Response Unit.
Customs officials stated that the potential annual output of the plant could have generated a loss to the exchequer of €6 million.
The seized vehicles and a number of items of equipment located on the farm were taken away for further examination.
Four men, two in their 50s and two in their 20s, were questioned in relation to the find.
Environmental officers also carried out a search of the farm and its surrounding area for evidence of toxic sludge, which is a dangerous by-product of the laundering operation.

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