GARDAI AND REVENUE SEAL BORDER AS HUGE FUEL LAUNDERING PLANT LOCATED NEAR BLAYNEY

13 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

GARDAI, including members of the Armed Regional Support Unit, joined members of the Revenue’s Customs’ Service in a dramatic major early morning swoop on Tuesday last at Longfield, near Castleblayney, just a few hundred yards from the South Armagh Border, where they uncovered a major illicit fuel laundering plant.
According to Revenue officers at the scene, the plant beside the main Castleblayney/ Crossmaglen Road, had the capacity to launder approximately 15 million litres of fuel, per annum, with an estimated yearly potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €7.5 million .
The oil laundry was in operation when the revenue team, backed by the armed gardai, carried out the search of the premises.
It was concealed in a curtain-sided lorry, situated in a commercial yard off the roadway. The lorry, along with two forty-foot containers, two tankers, a van, and 40,000 litres of laundered product, was seized.
The search team also revealed that a significant quantity of toxic waste was also uncovered at the site. This is the sludge of the type found dumped on several roads in counties Monaghan and Louth over the past couple of years leading to huge clean-up costs placed on the local authorities, and more recently, sparking threats of “vigilante action” by some farmers who are concerned over the dumping of the toxic sludge from the “doctored” diesel, on roads near land and streams, posing a serious pollution threat.
Garda sources and the farming organizations are however understood to have discouraged suggestions for vigilante activity, because of the …

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