Custom officers uncovered two mobile oil laundering plants with the capacity to launder 15 million litres of fuel per year in Ravensdale last Thursday morning.
The plants, which had the potential to cause a loss of e8 million annually to the exchequer, were shut down during early morning raids carried out by officers from Revenue’s Customs Service and armed Gardaí.
The first mobile laundry found was hidden in a curtain-sided lorry and was processing fuel when uncovered on commercial premises in Ravensdale Park.
The Revenue went on to seize four lorries, one of which had a concealed tank for transporting fuel, three oil tankers, 28,000 litres of fuel and ancillary equipment.
Three tonnes of toxic waste were also uncovered by officials at the scene
In a connected search of a private residence and adjoining yard, officers uncovered a slurry tank had been converted into a mobile laundry.
Officers also found 100 bags of bleaching earth used to take dye out of fuel as well as 6,000 litres of fuel and seized three cars, two jeeps and a van.
It is believed that a gang involved in smuggling activities in the border region for the past couple of decades are behind two mobile oil-laundering plants .
No arrests were carried out, but it is understood that investigators are following a definite line of inquiry.
A Revenue spokeswoman said investigations are ongoing and reminded 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, the spokesperson added.
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