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Farmer sentenced over south Armagh fuel-laundering plant

Toxic waste is a by-product of fuel laundering. File picture

A 54-YEAR-OLD farmer has been handed a suspended nine month sentence after a diesel-laundering plant was found at his south Armagh home.

The plant was found in a shed at Martin Conlon's home on Loughross Road, Crossmaglen, in March 2015.

Around 4.5 tonnes of toxic waste, a by-product of fuel laundering, were removed from the site.

Conlon was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years, at Newry Crown Court on Tuesday.

He had pleaded guilty in November to fraudulent evasion of excise duty.

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