Tuesday 19 September 2017

Customs seize 15k litres of laundered fuel and almost 1,250 litres of 'smuggled' alcohol in separate raids

The seized alcohol. Picture: Revenue Commissioners
The seized alcohol. Picture: Revenue Commissioners
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Revenue officers have seized 15,000 litres of laundered fuel and almost 1,250 litres of undeclared alcohol in separate raids today.

The laundered fuel was discovered at a premises in Arklow, Co Wicklow. This included 10,000 litres in an oil tanker and approximately 5,000 litres in a tank on the premises.

The oil tanker transporting the laundered fuel was also seized.

In a statement Revenue Commissioners confirmed that a new fuel marker was "a significant contributor to the detection and seizure" today.

"While the coloured dye had been laundered and removed from the fuel, the new fuel marker (Accutrace S10™) was present, and enabled the successful detection of the laundered fuel."

Earlier today Customs officers confirmed that they had seized 1,084 litres of wine and 164 litres of beer at Dublin Port.

The smuggled alcohol has a retail value of more than €15,500, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €7,500.

In a statement the Revenue Commissioners confirmed that the alcohol had arrived from Portugal.

A spokeswoman said: "The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty. If you know someone is evading tax or involved in smuggling, contact Revenue’s Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295."

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