Two pipe bombs, gun powder, and large quantity of firearms ammunition have been seized in Drogheda.

Gardaí attached to the Louth Divisional Drugs Unit, carried out a search of a house in the Rosevale area of the town at around 11pm yesterday.

They located the pipe bombs, gun powder, and the ammunition, while also seizing €1,100 worth of suspected cocaine along with €500 worth of suspected Alprazolam tablets.

Two men, one in his early-40s and another in his mid-50s, were arrested.

They are currently being held for questioning at Drogheda Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.

The scene was cordoned off and a number of houses in the area were evacuated as part of the operation.

The army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was requested to attend and they safely removed two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other material believed to be used in the manufacture of explosives for further detailed examination.

The scene was made safe at 5am but remains preserved this morning for a full forensic examination.

This search is related Operation Stratus, which is aimed at disrupting organised crime.