Illegal fuel plant uncovered in Newry
According to HMRC, the plant could produce over 730,000 litres of laundered fuel each year. In a planned joint operation between the police and customs officers, they seized and removed 3,100 litres of illegal fuel, 3,600 litres of toxic waste and storage tanks.
Graeme Anderson, assistant director of criminal investigation, HMRC said: “Fuel fraud represents a significant threat to the economic, social and environmental welfare of Northern Ireland.
“Laundered fuel is being sold at a reduced price and motorists may think they are getting a good deal; but it is unregulated and dangerous and I would caution them to think again as the true cost is far from a bargain.”
He added, “HMRC will continue to carry out raids and roadside checks to detect those attempting to smuggle, launder, sell or use illicit fuel but this fraud could be happening in your area with the profits from it funding organised crime.
“Making one phone call to our Custom’s Hotline on 0800 59 5000 could help to stamp it out.”
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