For the past 40 years the border area between the north and the south of Ireland has been a "no go" region for police or security forces of either jurisdictions.
Sinn Fein's terrorist army the "IRA" has held sway there, with an iron-and frequently deadly-fist.
As a result the region has been the "diesel laundering" capital of Europe,where vast amounts of marked, agricultural diesel oil is bought by the terrorists and converted into "clean" diesel for retail in filling stations countrywide at "after tax" prices.
The authorities have, incredibly, either been unable or unwilling to stop this trade.
Similarly when a Fianna Fail government privatized the refuse industry, thousands of tons of rubbish was collected from commercial businesses and private homes by the same Mafia, and shipped to the north of Ireland where it was illegally dumped in disused Quarries.
The profits were enormous in both cases.
Every few months a "spin" government press release puts out a story like the one below and citizens are given to believe that the racket may now be at an end.
Do not believe it. These guys are invincible. Read on.
IRA chief of staff Thomas 'Slab' Murphy (picture above) was tipped off four hours
before he was to be targeted in a major cross-Border police swoop.
Irish Independent has learned that detectives discovered evidence
that the notorious oil smuggler and his associates knew about the
operation and destroyed computers and documents just before the raids
took place last Wednesday morning.
security officials are now seriously concerned that the Republican
leader has an informant in one of the state agencies investigating
him either in the North or the south.
and garda surveillance officers reported seeing a number of large
fires close to the home of Murphy in south Armagh around 2am. The
charred remains of laptops, computer disks and documentation were
later found in the course of searches by police. Operation Loft swung
into action at 6am when specialist SWAT teams from the PSNI and the
Garda Emergency Response Unit surrounded the millionaire's property.
were part of a 300-strong force, including police and customs on both
sides of the Border, who carried out searches across 11 counties.
large amount of documentation and over €100,000 in cash was seized
in the raids at 22 private homes and business premises.
also discovered one of the largest diesel-laundering plants ever
found along the Border. Sources have revealed that it had the
capacity to produce over €5m of illegal fuel a year. And 40,000
litres of fuel was seized at the same site.
investigation was spearheaded by the Criminal Assets Bureau in
Dublin. Investigators uncovered a complex web of bank accounts in
fictitious names, which have been used to launder an estimated €100m
in the past 18 months alone. Over €1.6m has so far been frozen in
bank accounts in the Republic, Northern Ireland, the UK and mainland
sources say that the figure is expected to rise dramatically over the
coming months as they continue to track down more of the accounts
across Europe and further afield.
the Irish Independent understands that senior security sources are
"very concerned" that their operation appeared to have been
security source said: "Fires were suddenly lit at a number of
locations at around the same time, at 2am, and they were still
smouldering when the raid took place.
computer disks and a large amount of documentation had been destroyed
in the fires. They seemed to know that a raid was imminent but they
now have to explain why this burning took place."
arrested Murphy shortly after he drove off from his home as the
(60) is currently charged before the Special Criminal Court with nine
counts of failing to file income tax returns. He is taking a Supreme
Court case to have his trial heard before a judge and jury. He and
his family members are also fighting a €5m tax demand from CAB.
demand was issued following a similar raid on Murphy's operation in
2006 when CAB, Customs and the former Assets Recovery Agency in the
North uncovered evidence of a hidden economy worth hundreds of
millions of euro.
discovered in the search was a large, purpose-built torture chamber,
close to Murphy's home, that had been used by the Provos to
interrogate and torture their victims.
the investigation did not stop the huge laundering operation.
Security sources say it has become much more sophisticated and
and his group have a number of chemists working for them producing a
much higher quality fuel than before," a security source
have also gone hi-tech with the younger generation and have one guy
who is a computer expert."