Northern Ireland

Customs find Monaghan fuel laundering plant

Officers from the Irish Revenue's Custom Service, assisted by Gardai, have uncovered an oil laundering plant in Clontibret, County Monaghan.

The oil laundering plant, which was located in a disused mushroom house, had the capacity to launder approximately two million litres of fuel a year with a potential loss to the exchequer of 1m euro a year.

10,000 litres of laundered fuel, nine bags of bleaching agent, a car and a van were seized at the site.

Officers also discovered eight tonnes of toxic sludge in eight bulk containers.

The operation was the the result of surveillance by Revenue's Customs Service and forms part of Revenue's on-going crackdown on laundered fuel.

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