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In photos: Customs officials uncover fuel laundering plant in Co Monaghan

Almost 40,000 litres of laundered fuel were found by customs officers and armed gardaí at the large plant in Castleblayney.

Image: Philip Fitzpatrick via Philip Fitzpatrick Photography

OFFICERS FROM THE customs service of the Revenue Commissioners have uncovered a large oil laundering plant in Co Monaghan, seizing 37,000 litres of laundered fuel.

Customs officers, assisted by armed gardaí, found around 200 bags of bleaching agent, two tankers, one van and three skips of toxic waste at the site in Drumacon, Castleblayney.

A man in his 40s was arrested in connection with the discovery and is currently being detained at Castleblayney Garda Station.

The plant had the capacity to launder around 20 million litres of fuel a year, according to the Revenue Commissioners, potentially losing the Exchequer around €11 million annually.

In photos: Customs officials uncover fuel laundering plant in Co Monaghan
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  • Fuel laundering

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    (Picture by Philip Fitzpatrick)

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