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Richards charged by RCMP

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EMERSON, Man.—Police in Manitoba have charged NHL player Mike Richards with possession of a controlled substance.

The RCMP say he is due to appear in provincial court in Emerson, Man., on Sept. 10.

Police say a 30-year-old male was arrested and released on June 17 after the Emerson RCMP detachment was notified that a controlled substance had been intercepted by Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Emerson port of entry.

Richards was formally charged on Tuesday, according to a news release from the RCMP.

The native of Kenora, Ont., is currently a free agent after the Los Angeles Kings terminated his contract earlier this summer, citing a “material breach” of that contract.

The NHL Players’ Association has filed a grievance on behalf of Richards against the Kings contesting that termination.

The NHLPA said a date to hear his grievance has not been set.

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