Northern Ireland

Two fuel laundering suspects are released

Fuel raid scene (picture RTE)
Image caption A number of raids were carried out on both sides of the border

Two of the four people arrested during cross-border fuel smuggling raids on Thursday have been released without charge.

Eleven properties were searched and a laundering plant capable of producing 18m litres of illicit fuel a year was dismantled in County Monaghan.

All of those arrested were detained in the Republic.

Two men are still being held - one in County Monaghan and the other in County Roscommon.

It is understood the large fuel plant was found in sheds a short distance from a minor road between Castleblayney in Monaghan and Crossmaglen in south Armagh.

A laundering operation was under way at the time of the raid and around 95,000 litres of laundered fuel were seized at the site.

Three tankers, two transit vans, a box lorry, a 40-foot tanker and an articulated truck were also recovered.

Thousands of litres of laundered fuel were also seized at filling stations in Roscommon, Galway, Offaly, Westmeath and Dublin.

Five addresses were also searched in Counties Tyrone and Armagh.

Officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) supported by the PSNI carried those out. Business records and more than £30,000 in cash were seized during these searches..