08/27/2015 10:25 EDT | Updated 08/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Mike Richards charged by RCMP in Manitoba with possession of controlled substance

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 says a date to hear his grievance has not been set.


The Canadian Press