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Former Wallaby James O’Connor has been arrested for allegedly buying cocaine and spent Saturday night in a Paris jail cell.

O’Connor and former All Black Ali Williams were arrested by policemen from the Anti-Crime Brigade after they had allegedly been spotted giving 200 Euros to two drug dealers outside a Paris nightclub at 3am.

According to police the two men were arrested while in the act of buying cocaine from two suspected drug dealers. Plain clothes officers saw Williams in a car with the two suspects while O’Connor was outside and appeared to be acting as a lookout, police said.

When they were challenged, Williams attempted to get rid of the cocaine by throwing it away, added the police source who said the two players had clearly been drinking.