Belfast Telegraph

Customs raid oil laundering plant

Revenue's Customs Service has uncovered an oil laundering plant in Co Cavan that could cost the Exchequer five million euro a year.

Officers and local Gardai made the discovery in a yard behind a house in Whitegate, Virginia.

It is understood the plant could launder 10 million litres of fuel each year.

Two vans, bleaching earth, a compressor, other equipment and laundered fuel were seized following the discovery.

One man was questioned and later released.

A Revenue spokesman said the operation was part of the organisation's bid to tackle fuel fraud.

"Revenue would like to remind motorists and the public that they should be aware of the risks posed to their vehicles by using laundered fuel," the spokesman added.

"It also takes much needed funds from the Exchequer, hurts legitimate trade and of course it is funding criminal activity."

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