JOINT GARDA-CUSTOMS’ SWOOP ON BLAYNEY PLANT

9 September 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A number of men from the Border area and midlands were interviewed by the gardai and revenue authorities in the wake of a swoop last Thursday on an illicit diesel laundering operation at Corrygarry near Castleblayney, close to the South Armagh border.
One man in his thirties was detained near the premises and the raid, which followed the earlier issue of search warrants, and was part of a major cross-country crackdown on illicit cross-border fuel trafficking, extended over a number of counties. Three other men were also detained for questioning but all were later released, while files were prepared for the DPP arising out of the investigation.
According to a Revenue spokesman, the mobile-type plant near Blayney had the capacity to launder an estimated 18 million litres of fuel per annum – representing a potential yearly loss to the Exchequer of €9 million.
It emerged that some fuel was being “laundered” at the off-roadside plant, as the operation was launched.
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