Diesel laundering plant dismantled in Crossmaglen

June 23, 2014

A diesel laundering plant at premises on the Loughross Road near Crossmaglen has been dismantled in a joint operation by officers from Environment Crime Unit, PSNI and HMRC.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan reinforced the harm and cost to communities and the environment caused by diesel laundering waste describing the latest dumping as “irresponsible and very dangerous.”

“It harms communities on a number of levels and shows a total disregard for the environment of Northern Ireland on which we all depend on for our quality of life and livelihoods,” said the Minister.

“The money spent on cleaning up after criminals could be much better spent in Northern Ireland to secure a better environment for the whole community.

“This operation was robust and a clear example of co-operation in action by my Department’s Crime Unit and law enforcement agencies within the Organised Crime Task Force. While there are many challenges for DoE in dealing with this and other environmental crime issues, I am confident that my officials will continue to play the fullest part possible in tackling this activity.”

Justice Minister David Ford welcomed the operation in Crossmaglen and praised the agencies involved.

“By working together the OCTF maximises the impact we can have on those out to make their living illegally and without making any positive contribution to the community” said Mr Ford.

“Fuel laundering may seem like a low level crime, but those involved usually have interests in other criminal areas, such as drug dealing or counterfeiting. Anyone knowingly buying laundered fuel needs to realise that they are funding criminal gangs who are a blight on our community and whose only purpose is to make money illegally. Buying laundered fuel also poses a risk to the owners’ car, as the chemicals used in the laundering process can cause extensive engine damage, so saving a few pence now can result in bills of several hundreds of pounds later.”