09/05/2006

Man arrested during raid of illegal fuel plant

Customs Officials have discovered a major fuel laundering operation at a sheep farm in County Londonderry earlier today.

One man has been arrested during the joint operation by Revenue and Customs officers and the PSNI near the village of Park, near Claudy this morning.

It is understood the plant, contained a storage tank capable of holding around 30,000 litres of laundered fuel, which could result in a potential loss in taxes of up to £9,000 a day, with an estimated £250,000 per month.

HM Revenue & Customs also seized an undisclosed sum of money, a number of vehicles and around 20,000 litres of laundered fuel.

Customs have described the laundering operation as significant and "professionally run."

(EF/SP)

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