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Customs find illegal oil laundering plants in Dundalk

illegal oil laundering plant in Armagh
Image caption Customs officers uncovered this illegal oil laundering plant in South Armagh

Irish customs officers have uncovered two illegal oil laundering plants in Dundalk.

One was concealed in a shed and the other in a 40 ft container on commercial premises in Rathmore.

They had the capacity to launder four million litres of fuel per year with a potential loss of two million euros revenue to the Exchequer.

An oil tanker containing 19,000 litres of smuggled fuel, was seized on the M1 in a separate operation.

At the plant in Dundalk, customs officers also found four lorries, a jeep, 18,000 litres of marked mineral oil, a tanker containing 6,000 litres of laundered fuel, a 40 ft trailer with concealed tank for the transport of fuel, bleaching earth and ancillary equipment were seized.

In a separate operation in Dublin, officers seized 248,000 cigarettes, with an estimated retail value of 116,000 euros.

Tobacco was also seized along with a small quantity of herbal cannabis.

The cigarettes, tobacco and drugs were located mainly in a discreet lock-up facility in Dublin's north inner city.

A man in his 20s was arrested.