Customs officers dismantled what they described as a diesel laundering plant and an illegal filling station during two raids in Co Down yesterday.
Accompanied by the PSNI, the plant was uncovered after a search of farm outbuildings.
“It was capable of producing around 1.8 million litres of illicit fuel and evading almost £1.1 million in lost duty and taxes a year,” a spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said in a statement.
A search of a second property in Co Down revealed a so-called “huckster” site.
“This illegal filling station was hidden in a shed at a private address. HMRC officers seized a number of vehicles and illicit fuel before dismantling the site,” the statement said. The press release did not say where in Co Down the seizures happened. A man was arrested and released on bail.
John Whiting of HMRC said: “Our activity today has stopped a large amount of laundered fuel entering the legitimate market, preventing further revenue loss and helping our legitimate traders fight unfair competition.”