Large-Scale Fuel Laundering Operation Uncovered

A large-scale fuel laundering operation has been uncovered in Counties Monaghan and Cavan, in a joint operation by Revenue Enforcement Officers and Garda Regional Support Unit.

In an intelligence-led operation, officers seized two oil tankers, 20,000 litres of laundered mineral oil, 140 bags of bleaching earth, ancillary equipment associated with oil laundering, and cash, bank drafts and cheques in excess of €60,000 in the Castleblaney area.

Simultaneous searches carried out at other locations in Cavan and Monaghan resulted in the seizure of a further 14,000 litres of laundered diesel.

The illicit product was seized at a filling station and was also found to be in use at two haulage companies.

The illegal activities represent a potential loss to the exchequer of €1.2m per annum assuming the illicit product would have displaced legitimate diesel in the market place.

Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.


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