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Arrest after suspected fuel laundering uncovered in Co Armagh

HMRC have raided s suspected fuel laundering plant in Cullyhanna.

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A man has been arrested and a large amount of toxic waste removed from a suspected fuel laundering plant in Co Armagh.

The 18-year-old was arrested in the Culllyhanna area, as part of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs into a suspected £2.5 million fuel fraud.

Officers from HMRC assisted by the PSNI searched a property on Monday where equipment, believed to be a diesel laundering plant, was uncovered in outbuildings.

A spokesperson said the plant had the potential to produce an estimated 5.8 million litres of illicit fuel a year, evading around £2.5 million in taxes and duty.

Around four tonnes of toxic waste was removed from the site and equipment seized along with 11,000 litres of red diesel and two vehicles.

The man has was released on bail while inquiries are ongoing.

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