Published Thursday, 31 October 2013
The toxic waste is being dealt with by the NIEA. (© HMRC)
On Wednesday night, the laundering plant - capable of producing over 16.4m litres of illegal fuel a year - was shut down by customs officials in the Crossmaglen area.
Officers from HM Revenue and Customs, the police and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) searched premises, found the laundering plant within a tank storage area and seized 73,000 litres of fuel.
Two tankers, one transit van, and overground and underground tanks were also seized.
The toxic waste is being dealt with by the NIEA.
The plant represented an annual loss to the Exchequer of around £10.6m in taxes and duty.
John Whiting, HMRC's Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation, said: "Every illegal laundering operation typically generates tonnes of toxic waste, involving significant safety and environmental issues.
"As taxpayers and local ratepayers, not only are we missing out on the stolen tax that ends up the pockets of the criminals, we are also paying the substantial cleanup and disposal costs."
Mr Whiting said that buying illicit fuel funds crime and supports and encourages the dangerous activity of fuel laundering within communities.
"The only winners are the criminals.
"I would urge anyone with information on fuel misuse in their area to contact our free telephone hotline on 0800 59 5000 and contribute to the fight against this criminality."
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