South Armagh illegal fuel raid finds tonnes of waste
- 27 March 2014
- From the section Northern Ireland
Nearly 80 tonnes of toxic waste have been removed from farm buildings in south Armagh after the discovery of a diesel laundering plant.
Customs and police officers searched a disused farm in the Cullyhanna area on Tuesday.
Customs said the plant was capable of producing about 24m litres of illegal fuel and evading almost £15m in lost duty and taxes every year.
The plant was dismantled and the waste safely removed.
HM Customs' Mike Parkinson said: "The volume of toxic waste we uncovered at this laundering plant is staggering and shows the total disregard that these criminals have for the environment.
"We have also stopped a large amount of illicit fuel entering the legitimate market, preventing further revenue loss and helping legitimate traders fight unfair competition."
Filling station raided
In a separate incident on Monday, a 24-year-old man from Antrim was arrested after Customs and police raided a filling station in the area.
Officers discovered a van with concealed tanks delivering over 2,000 litres of suspected illegal fuel.
Forecourt pumps, an underground storage tank, business records and a small amount of cash were also seized during the operation.
The man has since been released on bail.