Convicted fuel launderer on run for 12 years held after crackdown
A convicted fuel launderer, who escaped from jail in England more than 12 years ago, has been arrested by gardai.
Company boss Eugene Michael Flynn (53) was detained by officers at Anne Street in Dundalk, Co Louth, on a European arrest warrant, which had been issued to the UK authorities last July.
He had arrived back in Ireland four days earlier from the United States where he runs a tarmac company in Boston.
Flynn, from Dunroamin House, Ballymacscanlon, Dundalk, absconded from prison on November 3, 2001, and had been unlawfully at large since.
The arrest warrant was issued at Chorley Magistrate's Court in Lancashire in the UK.
The warrant stated that Flynn had been convicted of a fuel-laundering offence, involving the evasion of excise duties, at Leeds Crown Court on September 21, 2001.
He was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.
The following March, arising out of the same offence, he was ordered to pay £650,000 (€776,100) to Revenue, or face five years' imprisonment in default.
The offence took place at an industrial unit at Ossett in West Yorkshire on April 14, 2000.
Evidence was given in court that a tanker, owned by Flynn, was linked up by hoses to a diesel-laundering plant.
Flynn arrived from Boston last week and was spotted by gardai at a premises in Anne Street in Dundalk on Tuesday.
He was taken before the local District Court on the extradition warrant and remanded in custody to Cloverhill prison.
On Friday, Flynn brought an application for bail before the High Court in Dublin but this was turned down.
He was remanded in custody to January 21 when the case will come up for mention.
Gardai along the Border have been heavily involved in the crackdown on fuel laundering during the past year.
The extra concentration of garda resources in the Dundalk area since the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe outside the Lordship Credit Union last January has resulted in a number of successes against the gangs involved in the lucrative trade.
Gardai have been involved in a number of joint operations with the PSNI while also working closely on this side of the Border with Revenue's Customs service.
Those operations have been aimed at cigarette smugglers as well as fuel launderers and there is evidence of some overlapping in the personnel involved in the two crimes.