Four diesel laundering plants uncovered in Louth

October 30, 2012

Customs officers, supported by armed Garda, have uncovered four diesel laundering plants in two separate operations last week.

In the first raid last Tuesday, three men, two from Northern Ireland, were arrested following the discovery of two diesel laundering plants and a shebeen near Hackballscross.

It is believed one of the plants was costing the Irish state nine million euros in lost revenue. Approximately 30,000 litres of diesel were seized in the raid, along with a tanker and three lorries. 36 tonnes of toxic laundering by-product was also found at the scene.

The second oil laundry plant was using cat litter as a bleaching agent.

Officers also discovered a shebeen with a large quantity of beers, cider and spirits at the same location.

In a separate raid twelve hours later, an oil laundering plant with the capacity to launder about 4m litres of fuel per annum was uncovered at Courtbane.

Four tonnes of toxic waste were found at the site along with 21,000 litres of illicit fuel.

Bleaching earth, a tanker, a van and equipment were also seized in a shed at the back of a private house.