Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service supported by the Regional Support Unit and local Gardaí early on Wednesday morning uncovered an oil laundering plant in Drumacon, Co. Monaghan with the capacity to launder over 15 million litres of fuel per annum with a potential loss to the Exchequer of over EUR8 million.
The laundry was uncovered following an intelligence-led surveillance operation.
A forklift, 6 vehicles and ancillary equipment were seized from the plant. In addition, 7 tonnes of toxic waste - the by-product of the laundering process - were also seized. In a connected search of a commercial yard in Longfield, a tanker with 20,000 litres of fuel, a trailer with a concealed tank and 68 bags of bleaching earth were also seized.
Investigations are ongoing.
Revenue would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists and the public that they should be aware of the risks posed to their vehicles by using laundered fuel. It also takes much needed funds from the Exchequer; hurts legitimate trade and of course it is funding criminal activity.