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Houses evacuated after suspect device found during search by gardaí in Drogheda

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Houses have been evacuated in Drogheda, Co Louth after gardaí conducting a drugs search found what they believe to be a pipe bomb.

The house, in Marley Court, was searched as part of the ongoing investigation by gardai into organised crime this evening.

A garda spokesman said that during the search Gardai also found what they believe to be a pipe bomb.

The scene was preserved and the Army EOD team arrived on site a short time ago.

The spokesman added: "During the search quantities of suspected cocaine and amphetamines were seized. A suspect device was also found inside the house by investigating gardaí.

"The scene has been preserved and Army EOD have been requested to examine the device. A cordon has been put in place and a number of nearby houses have been evacuated."

Two people, a 56-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman, were arrested and are currently detained in Drogheda Garda station under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

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