Yet another illegal fuel operation has been foiled in South Monaghan, this time near the picturesque village of Glaslough.
Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service uncovered the sophisticated oil laundering plant which had the capacity to launder approximately eight million litres of fuel per annum with a potential loss to the Exchequer of €4m per annum.
It was reported that custom officers and Gardaí followed a tanker to the premises. Inside they found an underground tank into which the fuel, originally intended for agricultural use, was pumped with a bleaching agent to remove the dye. Customs Officers also seized approximately 40,000 litres of product at the site, aswell as a 40ft tanker and lorry, a van, a forklift and a compressor. Ancillary equipment was dismantled and seized. The Garda Regional Support Unit assisted at the site.
Two men from Northern Ireland, aged 33 and 34, were arrested at commercial premises in Glaslough on Monday night and were questioned in Monaghan Garda Station.
They appeared before Cavan District Court on Tuesday and were remanded in custody. This operation is part of Revenue’s ongoing activities to tackle fuel fraud.
Revenue would like to remind motorists and the public that they should be aware of the risks posed to their vehicles by using laundered fuel, especially to the engine of vehicles.