Four arrested after diesel laundry found in Armagh

More than 8,000 litres of fuel, laundering equipment and waste seized during operation

File picture of a mobile fuel laundering plant. Photograph: Revenue Commissioners

File picture of a mobile fuel laundering plant. Photograph: Revenue Commissioners

Sat, Apr 20, 2013, 14:32

Four men have been arrested after the discovery of a suspected fuel laundering plant in Co Armagh.

The operation was found in a farm shed in the Jonesborough area.

HM Revenue and Customs officials estimated the plant was capable of producing over 4.3 million litres of illicit fuel a year.

More than 8,000 litres of fuel, bleaching earth used in the laundering process, two cars, pumps, equipment and three tonnes of toxic waste were seized during yesterday’s operation.

A converted 20ft lorry suspected to be used for transporting laundered fuel was also seized.

The four men, all from Co Armagh, were questioned by HMRC officers and released on bail.

PA