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Footballer denies cocaine charge
Onandi Lowe
Onandi Lowe denies trying to possess 1.17kg of crack cocaine
An international footballer has denied attempting to possess more than 100,000 of crack cocaine.

Jamaica international striker Onandi Lowe, 30, of Woolwich, London, pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Wellingborough magistrates on Tuesday.

The court heard Mr Lowe signed for a package posted from America to his then home in Rushden, Northamptonshire.

Jurors heard the 1.17kgs of 71% pure cocaine had been intercepted by police and replaced with flour.

The cocaine would have had a street value of 117,000, said Julia Barnett, prosecuting.

Dropped from 'Reggae Boyz'

Mr Lowe, who played for Rushden and Diamonds before joining first division Coventry City, was arrested in his car on 14 April and charged on 14 July.

Magistrates remanded him on conditional bail to reappear for a committal hearing 14 September.

Mr Lowe was released by Coventry City at the end of last season and has been dropped from the "Reggae Boyz" international squad while he challenges the drugs charge.

Rochelle Anne-Marie Palmer, 23, who was arrested with Mr Lowe, pleaded not guilty to one charge of possession of crack cocaine after 6.9g of crack was allegedly found in a pair of trainers in his flat in Hayden Court, Rushden.

She was also remanded on unconditional bail to reappear before Wellingborough magistrates on 14 September.


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