Man arrested after fuel laundering raid
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Police have arrested a man in the Meigh area of south Armagh following the discovery of a fuel laundering plant in the area last Thursday. The operation, based at an industrial premises, was capable of producing nearly 13 million litres of illicit fuel a year and evading over £9 million in duty and taxes.
Her Majesty's Revenue and Custom's (HMRC) officers, accompanied by the police, seized 3,000 litres of fuel and safely removed 15 tonnes of toxic waste from the site. They also seized plant machinery and two vehicles.
Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation with HMRC, Mike Parkinson said: "Our success in today's operation means we have stopped a large amount of illicit fuel entering the legitimate market, preventing further revenue loss and helping law-abiding traders fight unfair competition. We have also safely removed toxic waste which can cause untold damage to the environment and local landscape.
“These are difficult times for businesses economically and it is impossible for legitimate traders to compete on an unfair playing field. We owe it to them to support them in any way we can.
“Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime, it also supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities. If anyone has information about fuel fraud we would encourage them to contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000," he added.
The man from south Armagh has been released on bail and investigations are continuing.
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