Major Cavan diesel laundering operation could have cost state €5m a year
A DIESEL laundering operation uncovered in Co Cavan last night could have cost the state up to €5m a year in lost revenue, customs officers said.
The sophisticated and well concealed operation was discovered near the N3 at Virginia.
A yard behind a house at Whitegate had been lowered by over a metre to hide the illegal activity.
Customs officers had been watching the property for some time, and when they raided it last night they found two vans.
Equipment and bleaching earth used to remove the colour from cheaper agricultural diesel which is then sold on as road fuel, were also found.
It is estimated that up to 10 million litres of diesel could have been washed there a year.
One man at the scene was questioned and later released.