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Former New Zealand international Ali Williams has been suspended by French club Racing 92 after he was arrested in possession of cocaine.
Toulon player James O'Connor, who has been capped 44 times by Australia, was also arrested in Paris in the early hours of Saturday, according to reports in France.
"A player of Racing 92 is at the heart of an investigation into the purchase and possession of cocaine," the club said in a statement.
"In this context, it was decided to suspend Ali Williams.
"If the investigation confirmed the possession of cocaine and the transaction, it would not only be against the law but also a serious fault in terms of our ethics."
Williams, 35, who was a part of the All Blacks side that won the 2011 World Cup on home soil, came out of retirement last summer to play for Top 14 champions Racing 92.
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More than three tonnes of cocaine has been recovered from a tug vessel intercepted following a joint operation in the North Sea.
The cocaine, if cut and sold in the UK, could have had a likely potential street value of more than £500 million, depending on its purity.
Acting on intelligence supplied by the NCA, a vessel was boarded by a team from the Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter Valiant about 100 miles east of the Aberdeenshire coast of Scotland.
John McGowan, senior investigating officer for the NCA, said: "The result is this massive discovery – believed to be the biggest single class A drug seizure on record in the UK, and likely to be worth several hundred million pounds.
The nine-man crew of the Hamal, all Turkish nationals aged between 26 and 63, have been charged with drug trafficking offences.
They have been remanded in custody until Tuesday 5 May.
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Spanish police have arrested a Panamanian woman who landed in Barcelona from Colombia with cocaine stuffed inside her breast implants.
The woman was taken to the police at the airport after her vague answers to questions about the reasons for her trip from Bogota raised suspicion at the border control, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
When border police discovered fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on the woman's chest, she was taken to a nearby hospital to check her claim that she had recently undergone breast implant surgery.
The implants were found to carry 1.38 kg of cocaine.