A man has been jailed for two years over the seizure of 27,000 litres of laundered fuel in Emo, Co Limerick, while another from Co Mayo has been given a suspended sentence for supply.

Judge Carroll Moran sitting at Limerick Circuit Court was told that Gavin Fernando (41) of The Village, Adare, Co Limerick cost the State losses estimated at €14,675. 

He was sentenced to two years for the keeping for sale or delivery of laundered fuel.

Evidence was given that laundered fuel had consequences for innocent motorists, while illegal fuel caused environmental damage through the laundering process and affected legitimate trade.

The prosecution followed a seizure of fuel at JMR Stores Limited, Emo Service Station in November 2010.

In what Revenue officials said was a connected case, Seán Gleeson, Cullane, Swinford, Co. Mayo was charged with delivering laundered fuel contrary.

He was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years.