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Oil laundering plant discovered in Cavan

Gardaí and Revenue officers uncovered the plant this evening and said it had the capacity to launder around ten million litres of fuel per year.

Whitegate in Cavan
Whitegate in Cavan
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GARDAÍ AND REVENUE officers have uncovered an oil laundering plant in Cavan with the capacity to launder around ten million litres of fuel per annum.

In a joint operation, officers from Revenue’s Customs Service assisted by local gardaí this evening discovered the plant in Whitegate. Revenue said the plant represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of €5 million per year.

The plant was located in a yard which had been adapted to conceal the laundering activity, behind a private residence.

One man was questioned at the scene and was later released. Two vans, bleaching earth, a compressor, a large quantity of laundered fuel and other ancillary equipment were seized during the operation.

Revenue said motorists and the public should be aware of the risks posed to vehicles by using laundered fuel.

Ciarán Lynch TD warned last month that illegal fuel laundering is costing jobs and causing a “massive” environmental issue.

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