Belfast Telegraph

Two held after illegal fuel plant uncovered

By John Mulgrew

An illegal fuel plant thought to be worth over £5m in lost revenue to the Exchequer has been uncovered in Co Armagh.

The site was uncovered by police and officers from HM Revenue & Customs at a large corrugated shed on farmland in the Drummond Road area of south Armagh on Tuesday.

Around five tonnes of highly toxic waste was also discovered — a by-product of the laundering process — including a fuel tanker containing 20,000 litres of illegal diesel.

It is believed the site had the capacity to produce up to eight million litres of fuel a year.

Officers also seized tanks, pumps and various other pieces of equipment used in the process of fuel laundering.

It’s the second plant uncovered in Co Armagh in the space of just over a week.

Graeme Anderson of HMRC said those buying fuel were helping to encourage and support “fuel criminality in our communities and the dumping of toxic waste”.

According to HMRC, two men are currently assisting them with their enquiries and investigations.

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