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Indians closer Chris Perez found guilty of misdemeanor drug charge, gets fine and probation

Beacon Journal staff report

Indians closer Chris Perez was found guilty today of a misdemeanor charge stemming from a marijuana delivery to his home in June.

Perez entered a no contest plea and was found guilty of drug abuse during a hearing in Rocky River Municipal Court. The relief pitcher was fined $250 and court costs. He was also given one year probation and is subjected to drug testing.

Perez’s lawyer, Terry Gilbert, said the pitcher is already involved in MLB’s drug treatment program and is subjected to regular drug testing.

Police said they were tipped off by postal inspectors to suspicious packages mailed in June to the Perez home and arranged a delivery under surveillance. Police said Melanie Perez accepted two packages.

Authorities said Melanie Perez, whose maiden name is Baum, told the undercover officer delivering the packages that they were intended for her dog, named Brody. The package was addressed to Brody Baum.

According to investigative reports, Perez told drug agents with a search warrant that he had pot for personal use and pointed out two jars. Asked about any drugs or weapons by officers who went to the Perez home, Perez “volunteered to direct the officers to the location of it,” an investigative report said.

The 27-year-old Perez and his 29-year-old wife were charged with misdemeanor drug possession involving just over one-third of a pound of marijuana.

Outside legal experts said the charge typically is handled like a traffic ticket and might result in a fine.


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