Illegal fuel plant discovered in south Armagh

Declan McAteer Posted by
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

HM Revenue and Customs officers have uncovered an illegal fuel plant in south Armagh. The plant was discovered on Tuesday in a large shed in the Drummond Road area. Officers at the scene seized fuel tanks, pumps, a fuel tanker and 20,000 litres of illicit fuel.

HMRC have estimated that the plant was capable of producing nearly 8 million litres of illicit fuel a year and evading more than £5 million in revenue. Speaking about the plant, Graeme Anderson of HMRC said, “Toxic sludge from the laundering process has the potential to cause devastation to our environment.”

He added: “Buying illicit fuel isn’t about saving a few pence; it is encouraging and supporting fuel criminality in our communities and the dumping of toxic waste, leaving the public with a hefty clean-up bill. It costs us all, as taxpayers, a lot more in the long run.”

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