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Two people released in cross-border fuel laundering probe

Two other people remain in custody in connection with the significant seizure of laundered fuel yesterday.

File photo of a Customs officer at a fuel laundering plant.
File photo of a Customs officer at a fuel laundering plant.

TWO OF THE four men who were arrested in connection with fuel laundering yesterday have been released without charge.

Two men are still being held in custody, it was confirmed today, one is in Monaghan and the other in Roscommon.

Around 140,000 litres of laundered fuel was seized in multi-agency cross-border operation carried out in Roscommon, Galway, Offaly, Westmeath, Monaghan and Dublin yesterday.

The Criminal Assets Bureau, Revenue’s Customs Service, the PSNI and the UK Customs department all took part in the seizure.

Searches were also carried out in Co Tyrone and Armagh yesterday.

An oil laundering plant capable of laundering 18 million litres of fuel per year was discovered in Corrygarry in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan which the Revenue Commissioners described as “significant”.

Read more: Four arrested in multi-agency anti-fuel laundering operation>

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