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clawmaster wrote:

Indians closer Chris Perez investigated for drug possession

Aaron Gleeman

Jun 5, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

Indians closer Chris Perez, who’s currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, is being investigated for drug possession in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, according to Zack Meisel of

No further details are available yet, but Indians general manager Chris Antonetti issued the following statement:

Earlier this morning we were made aware of a situation involving Chris Perez that occurred yesterday in Rocky River. We have talked with Chris and are currently in the process of gathering additional information.

In addition to his shoulder injury Perez recently made headlines for deleting his Twitter account in response to negative interactions following poor appearances for the Indians. Before going on the disabled list he had a 4.32 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio in 16.2 innings, serving up four homers and a .492 slugging percentage while blowing two of his eight save chances.

UPDATE: Jordan Bastian of reports that no arrest has been made yet and it’s an ongoing investigation, which is why police have yet to comment.



CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez and his wife pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor possession charges after marijuana was mailed to their home in their dog's name.

The pleas were sent by fax to suburban Rocky River Municipal Court by their attorneys.

The faxed pleas included a request that a requirement that the couple appear in person for a June 19 arraignment be dropped.

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

Authorities say 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 Friday with misdemeanor drug possession involving just over one-third of a pound of marijuana. Perez and his wife were released on personal bond.

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

Under the drug agreement between Major League Baseball and its players' association, marijuana offenses generally result with the player undergoing a treatment program rather than discipline.

Perez has six saves this season but is on the disabled list with an injured right shoulder.