Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Man held in fuel laundering raids

Published 04/09/2013 | 17:26

To many people the trade in laundered fuel may seem like a victimless crime. But, as reports in this newspaper have shown, that is far from the case
To many people the trade in laundered fuel may seem like a victimless crime. But, as reports in this newspaper have shown, that is far from the case

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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