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Halifax Rainmen's Tyler Richards in more trouble with law, facing drugs, weapons charges

Tyler Richards, a suspended member of the Halifax Rainmen, is in trouble with the law again.

Halifax police say two men, including Richards, are facing charges after officers allegedly found drugs and a loaded handgun during the search of an apartment in the city on Wednesday night.

The search happened at 10:15 p.m. in the 100 block of Connor Lane in Mulgrave Park. Police say officers found cocaine, marijuana, cash and the gun.

Richards, 27, and Marcus Demitries, 23, also of Halifax, are each charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and weapons-related offences.

“A large quantity of cocaine and marijuana was located on the premises, along with the loaded handgun,” said police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages.

“We do believe these two individuals were trafficking at this location.”

Bourdages said the search was conducted as part of an on-going investigation. He would provide no other details.

Richards made a brief appearance in court on Thursday, and was remanded to the Central Nova Correctional Facility in Burnside. He will be back in court Friday.

Richards never said anything while in court, but winked and smiled at a couple of people.

Richards’ lawyer Lyle Howe wouldn’t say whether his client intends to plead guilty or not guilty, but the Crown is requesting Richards be denied bail.

He said Richards is doing as well as can be expected.

“This would be a difficult time for anyone,” Howe said outside of court. “But when they’re placed in the spotlight like Mr. Richards is it makes it even more difficult. Obviously he’s going through some tough times but we’ll get him through it.”

This is the second time Richards has been charged by police in less than a week.

On Sunday, the second-year Rainmen player and former university basketball standout with the St. Francis Xavier X-Men was charged with assault after a woman claimed she was assaulted by a man at the Taboo nightclub early Sunday morning.

Three days later, the Rainmen announced they had suspended Richards pending the outcome of that court case.

"I'm just disappointed. I'm really, really disappointed,” said team owner Andre Levingston in response to the new charges Thursday. “A guy who has worked as hard as he has to rebuild his image has now just thrown it all away.”

Richards was sentenced to four months of house arrest for assault in 2010 for his involvement in a fight at a party in February, 2009.

"Tyler needs to get his life together," Levingston said. – with files from Andrew Rankin

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