Indians closer Perez charged with pot possession

Published June 7, 2013 9:01 am

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Cleveland • Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez and has wife have been charged with misdemeanor drug possession in the shipment of just over one-third of a pound of marijuana mailed to their home, authorities said Friday.

Complaints were served on the two on Thursday and will be filed Friday in municipal court, police in suburban Rocky River said.

Perez and his wife, Melanie, were released on personal bond, police said. A message was left with his attorney Friday; the player and the lawyer haven't responded to previous requests for comment.

A message seeking comment was left Friday with the team. Team officials earlier said they were watching the situation.

Dan Chaplin, a Cleveland defense attorney not connected with the case, compared the charge to a traffic ticket and said a conviction likely would be punished with a fine.

Drug agents with a search warrant went to the couple's rental home on Tuesday, apparently tipped off by postal workers suspicious of a package mailed there.

Perez has six saves this season but is on the disabled list with an injured right shoulder. The right-hander started throwing again this week.

Perez, an often-polarizing figure, and Cleveland fans have gotten on each other's nerves over the past couple of years. He recently deactivated his Twitter account after criticism from fans following a couple of bad outings.

In previous seasons, Perez has lashed out at fans for not coming to games, and at owners for not spending money on free agents.