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Former Patriots safety Willie Andrews Arrested On Drugs, Weapons Charges

Former Patriots safety Willie Andrews, whose tenure with the team ended following a series of offseason incidents after their loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, was among 13 Longview, Texas, residents arrested this week after an investigation into drug trafficking, the Longview News-Journal reported. Andrews, 27, was named in a sealed, 18-count indictment handed down May 11 by a federal grand jury, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Charges are conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone and possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime. Some defendants, Andrews included, also were charged with multiple counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm or possessing a stolen firearm, the newspaper reported.

Andrews, who is from Longview and played at Baylor University, was a seventh-round draft choice by the Patriots in 2006 and was released after he was arrested twice during the 2008 offseason, the first time for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute just two days after the Super Bowl defeat.

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