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Two fuel laundering plants seized in Monaghan and Louth

Gardai and customs officers have discovered two fuel laundering plants near the Irish border.

The plants were found three miles apart at Aghafad, near Carrickmacross in County Monaghan, and Muff in County Louth.

They had the capacity to launder a combined 20 million litres of fuel a year, the Irish Revenue Commissioners said.

Two County Louth men, aged 47 and 54, were arrested at the County Monaghan site, where thousands of litres of toxic waste were found.

Gardai seized lorries, a Mercedes car and fuel laundering equipment at the two sites.

Revenue said the operations were part of an ongoing crackdown and were carried out following surveillance activity.

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