Two arrests in fuel laundering raid

October 27, 2014

Two men arrested during a raid on a suspected diesel laundering plant near Jonesborough on Wednesday have been released on bail pending further enquiries, police have revealed.

The pair – one from the village and one from Dundalk – were apprehended when police and Customs (HMRC) officials carried out a search of an industrial unit.

The raid uncovered nearly 24 tonnes of toxic waste and around 42,000 litres of green diesel, which were removed from the site.

A search of a derelict farm building nearby revealed a huckster site – an illegal filling station – where a further 2,500 litres of suspected illicit fuel and a sum of cash were seized.  Pumps, equipment and two vehicles were also removed during the operation.

Mike Parkinson, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “Every illegal laundering operation typically generates tonnes of toxic waste, involving significant safety and environmental issues.

“As taxpayers and local ratepayers, not only are we missing out on the stolen tax that ends up the pockets of the criminals, we are also paying the substantial clean-up and disposal costs.

“It is wrong that honest businesses should be undercut by criminals and those involved in making or selling laundered fuel. Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime, it supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities

Both suspects were interviewed by HM Revenue and Customs before being bailed.