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Ex-international rugby players charged after drug bust

FILE PHOTO - All Black lock Ali Williams watches the end of the captain's run in Wellington July 4, 2008. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps
FILE PHOTO – All Black lock Ali Williams watches the end of the captain’s run in Wellington July 4, 2008. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

PARIS (Reuters) – Former New Zealand rugby player Ali Williams and ex-Australia international James O’Connor have been charged and released after a drug bust in Paris on Friday, a judicial source said on Sunday.

Williams, 35, was expected to appear in court at a later date afteradmitting a charge of purchasing three vials of cocaine containing 2.4 grams (0.08 oz), the source said.

O’Connor, 26, will pay a fine for cocaine possession, the source added.

On Saturday, a judicial source said both players were drunk at the time of their arrest and were attempting to buy drugs worth about 200 euros ($211.10) and that the two sellers were also arrested.

Williams plays for French club Racing 92, while O’Connor is with Toulon. Racing 92 said in a statement on Friday that they had suspended Williams over the incident.

($1 = 0.9474 euros)

(Reporting by Chine Labbe; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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