Revenue seizes laundered fuel, fuel pump, storage tank, vehicles and smuggled tobacco products in County Louth

On Friday evening (28/07/2017), Revenue Officers executed a search warrant at a premises at Ravensdale in County Louth, which was found to be retailing laundered fuel. The officers seized approximately 2,500 litres of laundered mineral oil, a fuel dispensing pump, an electricity  generator, a large fuel storage tank, a van and four cars.

The operation was part of Revenue’s ongoing work to target and confront shadow economy activity and fuel fraud, and was supported by officers from the Criminal Assets Bureau.

In a separate operation on Thursday (27/07/2017),Revenue officers, assisted by their detector dog Bill, carried out a number of searches under warrant on lock-up units in the Dundalk area. They seized 120kg of tobacco branded ‘Flandria’, ‘Gold Leaf’, ‘Samson’, ‘Amber Leaf’ and ‘Springfield’, and 25,000 cigarettes branded ‘L&M’ and ‘Gold Classic’. The contraband tobacco seizure came as part Revenue’s ongoing intelligence-led  work targeting of the illegal importation, supply and sale of tobacco products. The retail value of the contraband tobacco product is over €74,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €60,000.

Investigations are continuing in both cases, with a view to prosecution.

Most people pay the right amount of tax and duty. If you know someone is evading tax or involved in smuggling, report it. Contact Revenue's Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.

Ends: 31/07/2017