Wednesday 18 October 2017

Man arrested as gardai uncover oil-laundering plants with capacity for 6m litres a year

Fuel-laundering costs the Government millions
Fuel-laundering costs the Government millions
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

TWO oil laundering plants capable of producing six million litres of fuel a year have been uncovered near the border.

One of the plants was concealed in a mobile unit, capable of being driven to other locations.

Revenue’s customs officers and gardai raided the plants at Killyneill, Silverstream in Co Monaghan this evening in an intelligence-led operation.

A man in his late 20s, with an address in Northern Ireland, was detained for questioning at Monaghan Garda Station.

The oil laundering plants were locating in an adjoining farmyard and commercial unit. The mobile unit was using bleaching earth, while the laundry concealed in a container was using cat litter to launder the fuel.

Officers discovered 20,000 litres of oil, five bags of bleaching earth and a large quantity of cat litter. In addition, they removed three tonnes of toxic by-product as a result of the laundering.

Other equipment, a lorry and a van were also confiscated.

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