Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Man held in fuel laundering raids

An illegal fuel factory capable of laundering and packing an estimated 24 million litres of diesel a year has been dismantled

An illegal fuel factory capable of laundering and packing an estimated 24 million litres of diesel a year has been dismantled by Customs officers in Co Down.

A 61-year-old man was arrested after t he suspected laundering operation, capable of evading £15.5 million in duty and taxes a year, was discovered during raids on a farm in the Mayobridge area this morning.

Equipment believed to be used to pack laundered fuel into barrels for covert transport across Northern Ireland was seized.

A 40ft lorry carrying a 20,000-litre tank, thought to be used to take diesel to the site for laundering, and 24 tonnes of toxic waste were also discovered.

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