South Armagh diesel laundering plants uncovered

October 16, 2012

Customs and police officers last week uncovered two diesel laundering plants with a combined capacity of producing over 15 million litres of illicit fuel a year.

Search operations uncovered a laundering plant hidden in a shed at a house in Cullyhanna on Wednesday, and, in a separate search, a second plant was found beside a house in Middletown.

Three tonnes of toxic waste and one thousand litres of illicit fuel were discovered at both locations along with a tanker, pumps and laundering equipment.

Computers were also seized from the Cullyhanna site.

Beth Smith, HM Revenue and Customs, said: “Every illegal laundering operation has significant environmental and safety issues.

“These operations typically generate tonnes of toxic waste, which is often dumped indiscriminately in the countryside.

“So as taxpayers and local ratepayers, not only are we missing out on the tax, which is going into the pockets of the criminals, we are also paying the substantial clean up and disposal costs.”