Thursday 20 June 2019

Illegal diesel, cigarettes and booze seized

The customs haul from a raid of a residential premises in the Dundalk area
The customs haul from a raid of a residential premises in the Dundalk area

A major diesel laundering operation was smashed by a joint raid by Revenue's Customs Service and An Garda Síochána acting under the auspices of the Cross Border Joint Agency Taskforce last week.

Revenue Officers who carried out the search at a residential premises in Dundalk as part of an intelligence led, joint operation also seized a large haul of contraband tobacco and vodka.

During the course of the search, officers discovered a massive illegal factory with

14,000 litres of illicit mineral oil, two tonnes of bleaching earth, which is used in the laundering of prescribed markers from rebated mineral oil, two vans containing equipment for using n oil laundering, one bowser (a mobile oil tank constructed for towing behind a vehicle with a capacity of 3,000 litres).

They also found 54 kilograms of unstamped roll your own tobacco, with a market value in excess of €30,000 and duty and tax liability of more than €25,000; eleven litres of counterfeit vodka.

Following the search, three industrial bulk containers (IBC's) of diesel sludge were removed to Dundalk County Council Environment Unit.

Fuel tank offences were detected in two private motor vehicles at the residence resulting in the imposition of a €2,000 penalty in lieu of forfeiture.

A man in his 50s was interviewed and investigations are ongoing.

The Argus