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Almost 160,000 litres of illicit fuel seized in countrywide raids

Armed gardaí took part in the raids on ten filling stations in Dublin, Galway and Louth.

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CLOSE TO 160,000 litres of illicit fuel has been seized by Revenue officers and armed gardaí in a series of raids on petrol stations.

Ten filling stations across Dublin, Louth and Galway were targeted in the operation yesterday against laundered and illegally traded fuel, as well as one fuel depot and two private homes.

Around 136,000 litres of fuel were seized at the fuel depot in Louth, with another 19,500 litres discovered in a tanker at a filling station in the same county. Both the tanker and the fuel it contained were impounded.

Some €39,000 in cash was seized from the two homes, one in Louth and one in Galway.

Two filling stations in Dublin were under surveillance for illegal trading in the run-up to the raids. Around 20,000 litres of fuel was taken from these locations and they were closed down.

In a statement, the Revenue Commissioners said that the illegal trade in oil and fuel laundering represent “a serious threat” to the Exchequer.

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