SWOOP AT BALLYBAY FARM UNCOVERS LAUNDERED FUEL AND SUSPECTED ‘ANGEL DUST’

28 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

INVESTIGATIONS continued over last weekend into the discovery of an illegal fuel laundering plant near Ballybay, and the subsequent discovery during a major search operation at the premises, of an unidentified liquid, believed to be related to the banned livestock-fattening substance, clenbuterol, more popularly known, as “angel dust”.
Two men were questioned by the Gardai following the swoop and search, which involved a team of Gardai, Revenue officers, and members of a Department of Agriculture investigations unit.
Both men were later released, but a file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Customs officers seized a number of vehicles at the premises including what appeared to be a grain- lorry but in fact had a tanker of laundered fuel concealed under the tarpaulin.
It was claimed the gang behind the diesel-laundering plant were planning to travel to Poland and from there, arrange to import from Russia another consignment of bleaching chemical to be used in further illegal laundering of fuel.
A major clean-up operation continued on Thursday at the farm, where the plant was found at a large shed, concealed by bales of straw.
According to the authorities, some 36,000 litres of fuel were seized, along with the vehicles and equipment used in the laundering process.
Around 5,000 litres of toxic sludge was also discovered on the site which was dealt with by a local authority environmental team from Monaghan County Council.
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