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Customs raid oil laundering plant in Cavan

Revenue Customs Service has uncovered an oil laundering plant in Virginia, County Cavan that could cost the Exchequer €5 million per year.

It is understood the plant was capable of laundering 10 million litres of fuel each year.

Officers and local gardaí made the discovery in a yard behind a house in Whitegate, Virginia, Cavan yesterday.

One man was questioned and later released.

A Revenue spokesman said the operation was part of the organisation’s bid to tackle fuel fraud.

“Revenue would like to remind motorists and the public that they should be aware of the risks posed to their vehicles by using laundered fuel,” the spokesman added.

“It also takes much needed funds from the Exchequer, hurts legitimate trade and of course it is funding criminal activity.”

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