A single charge of drug possession against NHL player Mike Richards has been stayed, essentially ending prosecution.
Richards was arrested at the Emerson border June 17 for allegedly trying to bring the powerful painkiller Oxycodone into the country.
He was charged with possession of a controlled substance but that charge has been stayed, meaning the Crown is no longer pursuing prosecution.
According to a release from his legal counsel, they found “fatal defects in the prosecution case” and a follow-up investigation was conducted. After that investigation was finished, the Crown decided to stay the charges.
Because the charges were stayed and not withdrawn, that means charges can be brought back within one year if new evidence is found, but that tends to be rare.
Richards was released by the LA Kings after his arrest because of a “breach of contract.” He later signed a contract with the Washington Capitals.
Statement from David Humphrey and Patrick Morris on behalf of Mike Richards:
Mr. Richards is gratified that the Crown fairly reviewed the case and reasonably recognized that prosecution was not warranted.
Mr. Richards wishes to extend his heartfelt appreciation to his loyal fans and especially to his parents, brothers, extended family and friends for their love and support.
Mr. Richards is now entirely focused on his hockey career and he and his legal counsel will not be commenting further on the successful resolution of this charge.