LOWELL, Mass. -- New England Patriots defensive back Willie
Andrews pleaded not guilty to drug possession today --- hours after
authorities said they found him with a half-pound of marijuana.
The 24-year-old player from Longview, Texas, was drafted in the
seventh round out of Baylor in 2006.
Andrews was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to
distribute and driving an unregistered motor vehicle. Prosecutors
said he had $6,800 in cash, three bags of marijuana, and no means
to smoke the drugs.
Andrews was released on personal recognizance after entering not guilty pleas in Massachusetts.
Andrews' lawyer, Sean Delaney, declined to comment.
The arrest came one day after the team returned from Arizona,
where the New York Giants upset New England 17-14 in the Super Bowl to end the Patriots' perfect season.
Andrews is due back in court March 18 for a pretrial conference.