Files are being prepared in relation to four men arrested following a major cross border, multi agency fuel fraud operation last Thursday morning.
Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service, An Garda Siochána and the Criminal Assets Bureau, seized thousands of litres of laundered fuel from filling stations and uncovered an oil laundering plant during the co-ordinated operations in Counties Roscommon, Galway, Offaly, Westmeath and Dublin.
In Roscommon, officers seized 4,700 litres of fuel. A further 6,150 litres was seized in Loughrea, Co Galway and 17,000 litres of fuel in Birr, Co Offaly. In Athlone officers seized 11,500 litres of fuel and in Dublin 9,000 litres of laundered fuel was seized at one filling station in the Rathfarnham area.
In a simultaneous and co-ordinated operation in Corrygarry, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Customs Officers supported by An Garda Siochána uncovered a significant oil laundering plant. The plant had the capacity to launder an estimated 18 million litres of fuel per annum with a potential loss to the Exchequer of w9m per annum. A laundering operation was underway at the time and Customs Officers seized 95,000 litres of product at the site. Three tankers in which the product was held were also seized as well as two transit vans, a box lorry, a 40 foot tanker and an articulated lorry with a combined value of w55,000.
The four men arrested in the operation including a man in his 40s who was question at Roscommon Garda Station, have all been released without charge and files are now being prepared for the DPP.