Illegal fuel-laundering plant seized in Antrim

fuel plant The mobile plant was made up of two large tanks chained to a trailer

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Three men have been arrested after a mobile fuel laundering plant capable of producing 4.3m litres of illicit fuel a year was seized in County Antrim.

The men from Antrim and Londonderry were held after the plant was uncovered at a yard on Wednesday afternoon.

Two large tanks chained to the inside of a trailer along with pumps and equipment were seized.

Almost 2.5 tonnes of toxic waste and 4,000 litres of red diesel were found.

John Whiting, from Revenue and Customs, said: "These tanks carrying diesel were simply chained to the trailer, showing a total disregard for other road users and posing an enormous public safety risk.

"Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime, but also supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities."

The three men have been released on bail.

Huge amounts of money can be made from fuel-laundering.

For economic reasons, farmers and some industries can buy diesel at a considerably cheaper price than road users.

A red dye is put into the discounted fuel in Northern Ireland to prevent it being used illegally. In the Republic of Ireland, green dye is used.

Fuel-laundering has become more common in recent years.

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