Belfast Telegraph

Man quizzed over fuel laundering

A man is being questioned after the discovery of a large fuel laundering plant.

Customs raided the operation near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, as hundreds of litres of oil were being illegally prepared.

Officers said the plant had the capacity to launder an estimated three million litres of fuel a year, costing the Exchequer about 1.8 million euro.

Customs impounded 12,000 litres of laundered fuel and a truck. Ancillary equipment was also dismantled and seized.

Fuel laundering involves using red diesel which is meant for use in agriculture and on farms, and is subject to lower taxes, and removing the red colour so it can be used for vehicles on the roads.

Investigations are continuing with a view to prosecution, Customs said.

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